With the state election on the 29th and promises flying thick and fast along with visits to Ballarat and surrounds, the Labor Party has made further commitments to state education.
The new announcements includes commitments:
- to not introduce performance pay into Victorian schools
- to work with the AEU on a revised performance and development review process for school staff to focus on staff development and student learning in terms of professional knowledge and practice (rather than the current 'four point' differentiated performance assessment)
- to reduce the high number of teachers and ES in contract employment, based on a recognition of limited school budgets and the need for the Department to strictly enforce the VGSA 2013
- to halt the autonomy agenda and ensure principals and school staff are the decision makers with regard to staffing, curriculum and pedagogy
- to continue to employ teachers, principals and ES through the Department, with the decisions to terminate employment to remain with the Department
- to address the lack of support available to principals and schools from regional offices and to remove the burden of administration and compliance - responsibilities that used to be undertaken by the Department
- to publically release findings of an investigation into the status of the Gonski deal, including the amount of funding allocated by the Commonwealth, and how much of this funding has been allocated to schools
- to inform schools about future Gonski funding arrangements and anticipated year-to-year increases
- to negotiate with the Abbott Government about the final 2 years of funding which they have abandoned and which provides for 2/3 of the Gonski funding under the deal
- to restore the election of registered teachers to the VIT.
Earlier this week, Daniel Andrews also announced that if elected, a Labor Government would change the state's number plate slogan to: Victoria: The Education State.
We also need a promise to close the gap between rural and metropolitan schools.There's still a lot more to do ( Reform unfair SRP funding, pay equality for kindergarten teachers, restoring the regions and providing proper support and service, scrapping maniacal Governence proposals etc etc...
Delusions of Grandeur
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