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[1] Teacher power passes test 

Katherine Danks 
13 March 2012 
Daily Telegraph - Page 14 in Local Section. 
SCHOOL autonomy is helping lift student performance at a Central Coast high school, its principal Andrew Eastcott says.
Narara Valley High School introduced a program to help struggling Year 11 students as part of an autonomy trial at 47 schools across the state. 



MARCIA DEVLIN - Marcia Devlin is a professor at Deakin University. 
13 March 2012 
The Age - Page 15 in News - Higher Age Section. 
Universities need more money from the federal government — but first they must win the hearts and minds of an often indifferent public.
HIGHER education in Australia rests on uncertain ground. And, as usual, it's about the money. Thanks to the mining boom, the country has been spared the worst effects of the global financial crisis but it is increasingly expected that its impact will become more evident. 

[3] Teachers' pet gripe is in the hip pocket 

Joanna Mather 
13 March 2012 
The Australian Financial Review - Page 64 in Features - Features Section. 
While a few have altruistic motives, most teachers want to be better rewarded, writes Joanna Mather.
Life as a young teacher isn't half bad. On average, a graduate will earn more than a lawyer, accountant or computer scientist in their first year in the job. Guaranteed annual pay rises will probably keep the teacher ahead for the next few years, too. 
Report URL www.bca.com.au/DisplayFile.aspx?FileID=436Similar http://www.pc.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/113717/schools-workforce-draft.pdf 

[4] Education's in a state 

Jennifer Hewett 
13 March 2012 
The Australian Financial Review - Page 2 in News Section. 
At last a decent-sized reform from the NSW government. Since his election, Premier Barry O'Farrell has defined his government primarily by being the alternative to Labor. With Labor's record in NSW so dire, merely turning up is enough to ensure overwhelming public support for the Liberals for now. But beyond that it has been hard to pick up much of a policy pulse from the O'Farrell government. (Let's not even begin with the truly lacklustre Baillieu government in Victoria)
Now the NSW Premier and his education minister are promising a radical and overdue change in the state's approach to public schools. The key is giving principals much more autonomy over their staffing and budgets and ensuring that teachers will get pay rises according to their ability rather than just years in the classroom. 

[5] Make the most of students' abilities 

13 March 2012 
The Age - Page 12 in News - Leaders Section. 
LEARNING difficulties, like children, come in all shapes and sizes. Yet Victoria has something of an all-or-nothing approach to students with learning disabilities. Those with a serious disability — if it falls into the right category — qualify for support. For the rest, school-based support is a lottery. And only a fortunate few get good support in mainstream schools.
This is devastating for the students and their families. As The Age reported yesterday, debate is raging about the creation of a prep-to-year-12 school for students with autism in Melbourne's west. Education Minister Martin Dixon says the plan is "non-negotiable". Many parents have responded with relief, but the plan is opposed by Val Gill, principal of Western Autistic School, who warns against putting students in "silos" for their entire schooling. She believes children must be prepared for life after school and would prefer to see mainstream schools better support students with disabilities.


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