|Issue No 89||23 March 2001|
Carr Proposal For Public Schools Flawed
NSW teachers are underwhelmed by the Carr government's new public education plan which includes the closure of several inner city schools.
Federation President Sue Simpson says the government has squandered an opportunity to show its commitment to public education.
"Whilst the Federation welcomes the production of a plan, teachers, parents and the community will need to be convinced that this is more than just a firesale of public assets, a real estate agent's solution to the crisis in confidence in public education in the inner city," Simpson says.
"The funding of the proposal relies on the closure of five public high schools and three public primary schools to pay for infrastructure improvements. This is robbing Peter to pay Paul. This shows the extent to which governments have allowed public education infrastructure to deteriorate.
"This proposal builds on the policy failures of the past. Over the last ten years and at a time of expanding enrolments in private schools Coalition and Labor governments have been engaged in piecemeal restructuring of our public schools not based on comprehensive and sound research.
Simpson says the Federation will conduct its own independent review if the Government continues to avoid coming to grips with past policy failures.
And she says substantial funding increases for public education in the May 29 State Budget must be provided to compensate for years of government neglect of its own public education system.
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