Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Ivanhoe tournament posters

Another lovely sunrise at work.

Tournament posters for Ivanhoe finished and on display.
Creating comics based on events from The Silver Sword.

BIg boost to Education spending in Victorian state budget
More than one billion dollars will be spent by state Labor to build new schools and renovate those in the worst condition.  The Andrews government's second budget, to be released Wednesday, will also feature $228 million for asbestos removal and school maintenance, as part of a $1.1 billion education package. The major commitment is being heralded by the Andrews government as the largest ever single investment in school infrastructure and includes money for specialist schools and portable classrooms. Eleven new schools will receive money for construction, including Richmond High School which will cost $42 million to build - at the 2014 election Labor promised to commit $10 million towards the school. Other schools to be built include Taylors Hill secondary, Tarneit West Primary School, Prahran High School and two new primary schools in South Melbourne. In January the state government was warned that up to 220 new schools needed to be built in Victoria in the next decade to cope with an explosion in student numbers
A new bureaucracy, the Victorian School Building Authority, will be set up to oversee construction, which the government is pitching as a boon for jobs, especially "local tradies".At least $250 million of new and upgraded schools was forecast in last year's state budget as part of the government's school building agenda. The news came as Treasurer Pallas, who has already unveiled $9.2 billion worth of surpluses in the budget, foreshadowed a major transport announcement, saying his budget would be "second to none" on infrastructure spending. Already the state government has revealed half a billion to tackle domestic violence, $1.46 billion for the Western Distributor and nearly $600 million for new police. Education Minister James Merlino said schools across the state that have been assessed as being in the worst condition will be upgraded under the $924 million project. That funding includes $200 million for 61 schools in regional Victoria. Mr Merlino said the budget would also include $200 million for school maintenance and $28 million to begin to remove asbestos from classrooms. The education spending blitz includes $287 million to acquire land to build or complete 23 new schools, many in Melbourne's growth areas. Twenty specialist schools in poor condition will share in $68.5 million and another $63.6 million will be spent on more portable classrooms. "Our kids can't get a first-rate education in second-rate class rooms. This funding goes to fixing the schools most in need – particularly those in regional Victoria," Mr Merlino said. "Victoria is growing and we need to start planning the schools of the future now. This is an outstanding budget for students and will create jobs for local tradies."The government has also moved to improve the community use of school facilities, such as basketball courts and theatres, with a new $50 million Shared Facilities Fund. There is also millions of dollars for planning future upgrades in at least 35 schools to accommodate growth and update old facilities. Funding also includes $92 million in capital funding to fulfil Labor's election pledge to establish 10 new "tech schools", which Mr Merlino announced on Tuesday. 
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/victorian-state-budget-2016-labor-pledges-11-billion-education-spending-blitz-20160426-gofd7v.html#ixzz46yHqZtd9 

More Gonski pressure on Turnbull ( Get tweeting!)

Thanks Gough!
I attended the AEU Principal Class Association dinner last night.

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