MP says Gladstone should get behind govt's schools plan

THE Federal Government has announced an initiative to have 25% of existing public schools become independent by 2017.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd has called on the Gladstone region to get behind the move.

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The $70 million Independent School Initiative was rolled out on Monday, and the plan is to have about 1500 schools rollover from public to independent public status within the next three years.

"I encourage local public schools to express their interest in this fantastic opportunity to become more independent, and involve the whole school community in making decisions that will benefit their school and their students," Mr O'Dowd said.

Under the Students First approach, the Federal Government will work with states, territories, teachers and parents.

The focus will be on four key areas: teacher quality, principal autonomy, engaging parents in education, and strengthening the curriculum.

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What do you think about the plan to make some state schools independent?

This poll ended on 04 March 2014.

Current Results

It's a great idea. Local teachers know their students best


I'm in favour of it, as long as funding isn't cut


I think it will lead to some students having a better education than others


I don't like it. The system is okay as it is


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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