Regional communities praise migrant workers for keeping schools and shops open, amid calls for more arrivals – ABC Rural

Regional communities praise migrant workers for keeping schools and shops open, amid calls for more arrivals – ABC Rural

Expanding Australia’s permanent migration program would help regional communities tackle the plight of plummeting populations, according to a new report from a regional think tank. The Regional Australia Institute has released a policy paper calling for a new federation approach to meeting the labour needs of communities outside the major …

‘Warped and elitist’: are Australia’s selective schools failing the fairness test? | Australia news

Monica Garcia-Pineda remembers feeling as though the partially selective Sydney high school she attended was made up of two completely different places. “I can’t describe it in any other way,” she says. “It felt like going to two schools. There was always this divide between the selective and community kids, …

Mum shoots and kills armed robber outside school’s Mother’s Day lunch

Mum shoots and kills armed robber outside school’s Mother’s Day lunch

Updated May 16, 2018 11:14:27 An off-duty military police officer shot and killed a would-be armed robber as she was attending a Mother’s Day luncheon with her seven-year-old daughter in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Footage of the incident shows the man pointing a handgun at a group of women and children …

Schools, University of Tasmania reopen after record flood as clean-up continues

Schools, University of Tasmania reopen after record flood as clean-up continues

Updated May 13, 2018 16:29:37 Photo: Workers and volunteers have spent the weekend cleaning up. (ABC News: Natalie Whiting) Three days after the University of Tasmania was ravaged by wild weather and flooding, the main campus will reopen on Monday, but there could be months of work ahead to repair …

$1,000 kids paintings and ‘free’ auctions: some public schools have a fundraising advantage

$1,000 kids paintings and ‘free’ auctions: some public schools have a fundraising advantage

By Vivienne Pearson Updated May 09, 2018 07:59:37 Photo: There are lamington drives, and there are lamington extravaganzas. How much a school fundraises depends a lot on the tax bracket of its families. (Supplied: The Fundraising Directory) Related Story: Schools expect too much from busy parents who can’t always be …

Reading volunteers program for Queensland schools ‘a waste of money’

Reading volunteers program for Queensland schools ‘a waste of money’

Posted April 24, 2018 15:25:56 Photo: Annastacia Palaszczuk said the success of the program would be judged on NAPLAN results. (ABC News: Leonie Mellor) Registering and training parents and grandparents to help with reading in Queensland classrooms is an insult to volunteers, the State Opposition says. The Palaszczuk Government has …

Victorian Government to build 12 new schools as student numbers explode in growth zones

Victorian Government to build 12 new schools as student numbers explode in growth zones

Posted April 23, 2018 17:31:36 Photo: Premier Daniel Andrews and Education Minister James Merlino at Wilandra Rise Primary School (ABC News: Stephanie Anderson) The Andrews Government will build a dozen new schools as part of a $353 million package aimed at catering to an explosion in student numbers in Victoria’s …

To reduce inequality in Australian schools, make them less socially segregated

To reduce inequality in Australian schools, make them less socially segregated

Posted April 20, 2018 09:12:03 Photo: We have a funding policy that promotes unequal resourcing between schools via a large fee-paying school sector, which increases educational inequalities and underachievement. (Andree Withey: ABC News) According to the OECD, 17 per cent of Australian young people leave secondary school without achieving basic …

Medical community warns against Nationals’ ‘impassioned’ push for regional medical schools

Medical community warns against Nationals’ ‘impassioned’ push for regional medical schools

By Kathleen Ferguson Posted April 19, 2018 20:54:14 Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack is calling for the establishment of a new regional medical school to address a doctor shortage in the bush. Key points: Michael McCormack’s call to establish a regional medical school has been opposed by the medical community …

NSW Government pledges $450 million to Nepean hospital, Opposition takes on schools

NSW Government pledges $450 million to Nepean hospital, Opposition takes on schools

Posted March 25, 2018 15:28:35 Photo: An artist’s impression of the redevelopment of the Nepean Hospital. (Supplied: NSW Health) The New South Wales Government and Opposition seem to be kicking into campaign mode a year out from the state election. Labor organised a full campaign launch in the western Sydney …