Article March 13, 2015

EduNews March 13

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Gonski review panellist Dr Ken Boston has pulled out of a school funding event with the Victorian Education Minister James Merlino. Dr Boston has accused the Victorian Government of “betraying” the Gonski cause in guaranteeing non-government schools 25% of the funding public schools receive. Minister Merlino has said that the funding would be directed to some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged students in non-government schools.

The Business Council of Australia has accused the federal government of holding the research sector “hostage” in its political negotiation for their tertiary deregulation bill. The federal has tied millions of dollars of research funding to the passage of their bill.

The CNPE Team


Merlino feels heat over school funding laws

The Age

One of the architects of the Gonski reforms has pulled out of an event with Education Minister James Merlino in protest of his controversial new funding laws for non-government schools.

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Federal Government ‘jeopardising’ research jobs in funding threat, says Business Council of Australia

ABC News

One of country’s most powerful business lobbies has accused the Federal Government of jeopardising jobs by holding research funding “hostage” in its push to overhaul the university sector.

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Reshape delivery to suit jobs market, business tells unis

The Australian

Australian needs to rethink how education is delivered as university graduates face a labour-market reality where entry-level jobs are scarce, graduate salaries low and wage growth subdued, the head of Australia’s peak business body has warned.

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A few dodgy private training colleges shouldn’t taint the rest

The Conversation – Op-Ed • Stories in the media about the cowboy enrolment and training practices of some private Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers have spurred calls for further reform to existing VET funding arrangements.

Common myths about speech problems in children

The Conversation – Op-Ed • Speech problems in early childhood are common.

Students sit selective high schools test after months of study

The Age • Across NSW 13,070 students sat the selective high schools placement test on Thursday, hoping to squeeze into one of 4214 spots at the state’s public secondary schools.

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