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Inner City School Closures


The Education Minister's latest plans for inner city schools vindicates why the Vinson Inquiry into the Provision of Public Education in NSW is so timely, according to NSW teachers.

Sue Simpson, President, NSW Teachers Federation says in commissioning the Vinson Inquiry the Federation identified three challenges facing public education - under funding, competition with private schools and ad hoc policy making resulting in piece meal restructuring of our public schools.

"The injection of $100 million into inner city schools is evidence of chronic government neglect over many years," Simpson says.

" Had such under funding not occurred community confidence in public education in the inner city may well have been stronger.

"The Minister's latest plans whilst taking into account the concerns of some school communities have still been made without an adequate research base and with no necessary consistency of curriculum choice across communities."

Simpson says yhe closure of Hunters Hill and Maroubra High Schools despite concerted opposition from the school communities reveals a cynical powerplay.

"It seems to be OK to close a viable public high school in the Opposition Leader's electorate if that is balanced by closure of a high school in the Premiers electorate provided it is not the school that the Premier attended."

"The Minister's proposal has benefited from the input of local communities who rejected additional single sex schools and supported genuine community schools in the Cleveland Street area. The Federation welcomes further consultation on the future of Marrickville and Dulwich and Chatswood High Schools. "

The Vinson Inquiry will enable a comprehensive review into the adequacy of current funding levels and school types and will be backed up by research.


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: In Defence of the Umpire
Australian Industry Group chief Bob Herbert on why the Industrial Relations Commission is worth fighting for.
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*  Unions: Diary of a Dude
One.Tel worker Warren Manners thought he had a dream job and no need for a union. That was until the money ran out.
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*  Legal: Dot.Com Casualties
The high profile collapse of One.Tel had significant implications for its employees. But what about its contractors?
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*  Industrial: The Shopfloor, United
Chris Christodoulou argues that without an active union membership, workplace democracy is just a pipe dream.
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*  International: A Saharawi Woman's Plea
Sydney unionist Stephanie Brennan travelled to Africa to witness first-hand the struggle for independence in West Sahara.
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*  History: Once Were Tuckpointers
Trawling through the files, Paul Howes stumbles upon some unions that represented workers long departed.
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*  Politics: Out Of The Comfort Zone
In his new book, Brett Evans argues that while Labor is honing its reform agenda, it is still struggling to reform itself.
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*  Satire: World Domination
The US has threatened not to pay the UN the money it doesn’t pay anyway.
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*  Review: Wiped Out
Bread and Roses is a new movie about the struggle of invisible office cleaners to gain dignity and respect at work. Pity you won’t see it here.
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»  Blair's Britain - An Insider Speaks
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»  Workers Online 100th Issue Bash
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»  Activists' Notebook
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»  The Locker Room
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
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»  What's Wrong With Compo?
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