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Lukewarm reaction to disability plan

The federal opposition's $314 million policy to support students with disabilities has been met with mixed reaction. It was announced on Friday that a coalition government will give students with severe disabilities an education card worth up to $20,000. About ...

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Mollycoddle much?

Researchers want to discover if Australian parents are depriving children of a sense of responsibility by micromanaging their lives. A team of researchers from the University of Queensland and QUT are seeking Australian parents of children aged 5 to 12 ...

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Getting it right early

A slide in the nation's commitment to improving early childhood education would significantly damage Australia's economy, a leading advocacy group for children has warned. Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is urging the major parties to outline their policies on the issue ...

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Power to the principal?

School principals have cautiously welcomed Labor's pledge to give them greater autonomy, but want Prime Minister Julia Gillard to better flesh out the details of the policy. Under the plan, school principals will eventually have greater responsibility for their budgets, ...

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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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