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Ultimo Public School questions left ‘unanswered’

By JOE BOURKE Ultimo Public School P&C members have been left scratching their heads after questions were left unanswered at a meeting on July 1 with Education Minister Adrian Piccoli. The meeting, which took place in the minister’s office, was organised to discuss the future development of Ultimo Public School. The government announced last month […]

Inner city will get new school after election

After years of concern from residents and politicians, both the state government and opposition have confirmed that they will build a new inner city high school if they win the March election.The Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, made the announcement on behalf of the Liberal party on Monday (February 16) outside the Cleveland Street Intensive […]

City and State finally reach agreement over Ultimo School

After over a year of debate, the State Government has agreed to purchase the old City of Sydney depot on Wattle Street for the purpose of relocating and up-sizing the existing Ultimo Public school. “I am pleased to advise that the department accepts your proposed purchase price of $74 million,” the Minister for Education, Adrian […]

Petition to save sign language courses falls on deaf ears

By Jessica Yun.   The Deaf Society NSW (DEN) have created an online petition calling for NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli to include their sign language courses in their Smart and Skilled Program reform. DEN’s Australian sign language (Auslan) courses will lose their subsidies under the new reforms as of January 1, 2015. The Senior […]

Inner city residents demand better access to public education

Sydney’s inner city residents have announced unequivocally that the area needs a new public high school to accommodate the influx of school-aged children moving into inner city suburbs. Following continuous calls for a new public inner city high school from local community groups, the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) convened a large-scale consultation on […]

Inner city high school consultation finishes

As the deadline for community consultation on the inner Sydney schools proposal passes, the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) has received a flurry of offline and online submissions. According to action group CLOSE (Community for Local Options for Secondary Education), one parent argued at a June 19 community consultation the DEC “needs to wake […]

Back to school on so-called baby boom

Leichhardt Council will lobby NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli for a new primary school in the area, arguing the state government has grossly underestimated the size of the baby boom in Sydney’s inner west. In a media release, Mayor Darcy Byrne cited “exponential” growth in student numbers uncovered by independent research. But a close look […]

TAFE cuts backlash

The Greens will introduce a bill later this month which it says would reverse student fee increases, freeze funding to private operators, and halt the “Smart and Skilled” reform package that will limit the list of qualifications eligible for government funding. Member for Balmain Jamie Parker said the reforms would hit Ultimo TAFE in particular, […]