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Law expands tax breaks on donations to public schools

Underprivileged public schools expect to receive a helping hand in the form of more philanthropic donations following the passage of federal legislation broadening the range of allowable tax-deductible contributions. The legislation, passed by Parliament last week, grants the organisation Australian Schools ...

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Baird pledges teacher mentoring program

The top primary school teachers in NSW would mentor and coach their colleagues under a re-elected Baird Government. Premier Mike Baird made the $224 million funding commitment in Queanbeyan, in the state's south, where he is campaigning to help Nationals ...

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Streamlined curriculum to launch in 2016

School students will be taught under a simplified and streamlined curriculum from 2016. The states and territories have signed off on changes that the federal education minister, Christopher Pyne, says will provide students with a more in-depth experience. History, geography, civics ...

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WA, Victoria have most improved schools

Western Australia and Victoria led the way nationally as states with the most improved schools, based on NAPLAN test data published on the MySchools site this week. For the first time, the annually released NAPLAN figures also included the 307 institutions that made the ...

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School of killed boy offered counselling

Students and staff of the Queensland primary school attended by a seven-year-old boy killed in a grisly family tragedy have been offered counselling. The education department has sent professional counselling and guidance teams to the Biddeston State School after the ...

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Salmonella hits Qld school principals hard

Queensland Health says 175 school principals have contracted food poisoning after attending a conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday and Friday. Twenty-four principals have been hospitalised, but none are in critical condition. Chief health officer Dr Jeannette ...

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Govt boosts language spend by $400,000

Community language schools in NSW will get an extra $400,000 to ensure students develop skills in a second language, the state government says. Citizenship and Communities Minister Victor Dominello made the announcement on Saturday at a Chinese Language school in ...

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Security guards for 54 high-risk schools

Schools considered at high risk of a terrorist attack or ethnic violence will receive taxpayer-funded security guards and cameras. Justice Minister Michael Keenan will announce the new $18 million program at a Sydney school on Monday. It's designed to help ...

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NSW govt pledges $148m on school upgrades

The NSW government will spend almost $150 million to upgrade high schools across the state if re-elected at the March election. Education Minister Adrian Piccoli says $148 million will be injected into almost 60 secondary schools across NSW, if the ...

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