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Funding system to stay an extra year

Federal Education Minister Simon Crean has denied he's broken a Labor promise to overhaul school funding, saying a further delay offers "certainty" to independent and Catholic schools. The government will extend by one year the existing funding scheme, established by ...

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BER report out before election: PM

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has promised a report into Labor's school buildings program will be released before the federal election. In April, Gillard appointed businessman Brad Orgill to head up an investigative taskforce into the Building the Education Revolution scheme. ...

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Time for real policies: ACE

Educators across Australia are looking for real commitments to education that move beyond the slogans and the fever of the electoral process. Releasing its policy priorities statement, the Australian College of Educators (ACE) said that this election is a critical ...

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Computers in schools program wasteful: Hockey

Opposition economic spokesman Joe Hockey has said next year's Year 9 students won't receive free laptops if the coalition wins the election. Hockey this morning told Fairfax Radio Network the coalition won't continue the government's computers for schools program, which ...

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Calls for in-school driver education

Pressure is mounting on the Victorian government to step up driver education rather than rely on punishment to cut the soaring road toll. V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup has joined touring car legend Alan Moffat and the Confederation of Australian ...

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Rocking the vote

They're too young to vote but that's not going to stop Australian teenagers from telling Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Bob Brown exactly what they think of them. Internet giant Google has created a platform for a simulated federal election, ...

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Keeping SES will cost public schools: report

Keeping the current federal funding model for schools will cause the divide between public and private institutions to widen, new research has claimed. A paper by Sydney University honorary associate professor Jim McMorrow found public schools will get far less ...

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Tell us your policies: principals

With just weeks to go until polling day on 21 August, principals are asking each of the main political parties to set out their education policies. The Australian Primary Principals Association, which represents government, Catholic and independent sectors, has written ...

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We’ll create trade cadetships: Gillard

A re-elected Labor government will introduce a new national trade cadetships program, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced. The $3 million program would enable vocational education and training to be recognised at school and count towards future qualifications. Gillard said ...

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