Rather than focus on any achievements in turning back some of the worst policies of the previous government, some public commentary obsessively focused on links between the new government and the union movement, with the insinuation of “secret deals”.
On the 23 April, 12 women representing the QCU Women and Equal Opportunity Committee met with Shannon Fentiman, the Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, to discuss domestic violence.
You would be forgiven for thinking that this column was about overcrowded classrooms or the jam-packed curriculum. Both issues are important, current and sadly true. However, this discussion is about how schools are being swamped by “good” ideas and what we need to do as educators to clear the decks so that we let teachers teach.
On 15 May, Kate Jones, Queensland's new Education Minister, made a speech to QTU State Council. Here are some of the highlights.
When the Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones attended the QTU State Council meeting in May, one of her messages was that she wanted to “just let teachers teach”. It’s welcome news, because that’s what we’ve been asking for.
The QTU has called on the new state government to re-evaluate the Independent Public Schools program amid growing fears that it is creating a two-tier public education system and undermining the transfer and relocation systems.
The Palaszczuk government has moved quickly to restore a fair industrial relations system for state government and local government employees.
For the first time in living memory, school education and vocational education and training were completely ignored in the annual budget speech.
The campaign to achieve the full Gonski funding model for schools is starting again in earnest, moving into top gear in term three and continuing until the next federal election.
The Labor government is holding true to an election commitment to close down the Queensland Training Asset Management Authority (QTAMA) by announcing new legislation to dissolve QTAMA and return all TAFE assets to the Department of Education and Training. (Queensland Teachers' Journal, vol.120, no. 4, 5 June 2015, p. 14)
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) is a federal government initiative agreed to by all Australian states and territories.
A “call to action” has been announced in protest at the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities.
The QTU is formalising its commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by developing its own reconciliation action plan (RAP).
Tony Abbott’s changes to your paid parental leave (PPL) scheme have created a mess – and he’ll need more than Napisan to clean it up.
Teaching, by its very nature, is one of those fields where there is always something more to learn.
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 120 No 4, 5 June 2015, p.29
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