Public schools in Kennedy encouraged to become Independent


Local State schools in the Kennedy electorate are urged to consider taking part in the Coalition governments new $70 million Independent Public School initiative said North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald.

Senator Macdonald said the Independent Public School initiative was designed to give schools more control over their own outcomes while still remaining part of the State school network.

The extra funding supplied by the Coalition government is designed to assist schools wanting to take advantage of this initiative to fund programs to improve parents understanding and involvement in school decision making, training for school leadership teams, professional development for principals and other related activities, Senator Macdonald said.

I encourage State schools in Kennedy to express their interest in this fantastic opportunity to become more independent and involve the whole school community in making decisions that will benefit their school and their students, he said.

Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said he hoped that approximately 1500 schools, or 25 per cent, would become Independent Public Schools by 2017.

We know that principals, parents and school communities are best placed to make decisions on how their schools should be run, Senator Macdonald said.

Under the Students First approach, the Australian Government will work with the states and territories, teachers and parents to focus on four key areas that will make a difference, including teacher quality, principal autonomy, engaging parents in education and strengthening the curriculum.

To complement the Independent Public Schools initiative, the Coalition Government has also released a Guide for Parents on School Boards and School Councils.

The guide is designed to help explain the how school boards and councils work in different school systems in the states and territories and the ways parents can get involved in the governance of their childs school, Senator Macdonald said.

Further information on the Governments Independent Public Schools policy, including the Guide for parents on school boards and school councils can be found at www.studentsfirst.gov.au.

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