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2014

October

12 October 2014

The release of the Abbott Government’s response to the review of the national curriculum has confirmed that it was simply a distraction which will do nothing to close the achievement gaps and lift overall student performance, the AEU said today.

10 October 2014

The Abbott Government’s refusal to discuss schools funding and the Gonski reforms at today’s COAG meeting shows they are walking away from needs-based funding of Australian schools, the AEU said today.

9 October 2014

NSW Premier Mike Baird must fight against funding cuts to NSW schools at tomorrow’s Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra, the AEU said today.

8 October 2014

The Abbott Government’s push to increase university fees and student debts and allow for-profit companies to access government funding will hurt schools by reducing teacher quality, the AEU said today.

3 October 2014

The Abbott Government’s response to a Senate Inquiry recommending it implement the full six years of Gonski funding has confirmed it will break its election promise and do nothing about the damaging shortfall in funding for students with disability.

September

24 September 2014

Christopher Pyne’s flawed Independent Public Schools policy has taken another hit, with both South Australia and the ACT accepting funding from his $70 million IPS fund without actually creating Independent Public Schools.

18 September 2014

Tony Abbott’s cuts to education – from early childhood, through to schools, TAFEs and universities – will be addressed at a community forum in Launceston tonight.

16 September 2014

Tony Abbott’s cuts to education – from early childhood, through to schools, TAFEs and universities – will be addressed at a community forum in Penrith this evening.

15 September 2014

Tony Abbott’s cuts to education – from early childhood, through to schools, TAFEs and universities – will be addressed at a community forum in Townsville this evening.

10 September 2014

The OECD’s “Education at a Glance” Report, released today, demonstrates the importance of equity in delivering a high-performing education system, the AEU said today.

9 September 2014

Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s invitation-only inquiry into the low-socioeconomic status (SES) loading, which recognises the need to devote more resources to educating students from poor families, is a biased attempt to undermine equity and needs-based schools funding, the AEU said today.

4 September 2014

The AEU has condemned Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s trivialisation of needs-based schools funding in Parliament today.

August

27 August 2014

The Abbott Government’s decision to keep funding its School Chaplaincy program, despite its High Court defeat, shows it has got its priorities wrong on schools funding, the AEU said today.

21 August 2014

It is clear from today’s announcement with Tasmania that State Governments see Christopher Pyne’s Independent Public Schools plan for the flawed policy it is, the Australian Education Union said today.

20 August 2014

Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s “policy roundtable” on disability education in Perth today is a stunt designed to distract attention from funding cuts and his broken promise to increase funding for students with disability, the AEU said today.

15 August 2014

The Abbott Government must not be allowed to abandon the agreement with State and Territory Governments to ensure 15 hours of pre-school per week for every four-year old in Australia, the Australian Education Union said today.

July

31 July 2014

The AEU has condemned Education Minister Christopher Pyne for failing to raise the humanitarian issue of schoolchildren being killed in Gaza during his current visit to Israel.

28 July 2014

The campaign to stop the Abbott Government’s cuts to Gonski will be stepped up with the launch in Sydney today of National Gonski week.

9 July 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott must heed the recommendations of a Senate inquiry into schools funding which has backed the full six years of needs-based Gonski funding, the AEU said today.

1 July 2014

Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s $22 million expansion of the Direct and Explicit Instruction trial in indigenous communities in Cape York is expanding an unproven program, and is no substitute for Gonski funding in remote areas, the Australian Education Union said today.

June

26 June 2014

New figures showing Australian teachers are working longer hours and teaching bigger classes than the OECD average demonstrate the urgent need for better resourcing of schools the AEU said today.

23 June 2014

The AEU has called on the Government to work to lift ATAR scores for teaching students, as new figures show scores dropping for new students.

22 June 2014

Plans to expand the Teach for Australia program are a waste of money and will do nothing to help disadvantaged schools, the AEU said today.

19 June 2014

The High Court’s decision to declare the funding of the Abbott Government’s Schools Chaplaincy Program unconstitutional is an opportunity to redirect $245 million to areas of greater need, the AEU said today.

16 June 2014

Tony Abbott’s decision to abandon needs-based Gonski funding for schools will lead to the loss of thousands of desperately needed teachers in disadvantaged schools, new research shows.