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Teachers fringe benefits trimmed

Private school teachers will be thumped in the hip pocket this year, as the federal government announces changes to the fringe benefits tax concessions. Under the current provisions, state employees are taxed on 75 per cent of the value of ...

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Victorian proposals an “attack” on education

An organisation for state schools believes state government proposals will marginalise public schools. The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) says the Victorian government’s education proposals are an “attack’’ on public schools. “The Victorian premier needs to work with ...

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Put politics aside, says dean

“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” is how Charles Sturt University’s executive dean of education describes the federal government’s plans to better fund schools. But professor Toni Downes was disappointed by proposed cuts to higher education. Downes has urged state governments to put ...

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Gillard unveils Gonski funding details

Government plans to spend $9271 for every primary student, $12,193 for high school students. Prime minister Julia Gillard has finally revealed the government’s plan to overhaul education, announcing that Australian schools will receive a $14.5 billion boost in funding over ...

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Gonski reforms add up to maths teacher shortage

Running short of qualified maths teachers may be one result of cutting university funding to meet the Gonski recommendations. “One of the most significant problems in our schools is the shortage of qualified mathematics teachers,” said professor Geoff Prince, director ...

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Scaling the HSC heights

Teachers can help students attain a good ATAR by understanding how the marks are used. By Richard Chua One of the greatest joys I have experienced as an educator is in sharing in the success of my students – to ...

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Slow progress on literacy and numeracy

Little progress has been made in basic literacy and numeracy over the past 30 years, according to new figures. Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the proportion of 15- to 19-year-olds with only basic literacy and ...

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$12.4m boost to math, science teaching

A new $12.4 million program aims to improve university training and preparation for maths and science teachers. The minister for tertiary education, skills, science and research, Chris Bowen, announced the program with school education minister Peter Garrett. The program, Enhancing ...

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