The Family-School & Community Partnerships Bureau was established in 2008. A joint initiative of Australian Council of State Schools Organisation and the Australian Parents Council. It's purpose is to share promising practice, conduct research and provide practical support and advice to parents, principals, teachers and other education stakeholders. The Family-School & Community Partnerships Bureau is particularly excited to launch this publication - Parental Engagement in learning and schooling : Lessons from research.
Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy recently represented the organisation at a Community Alcohol Action Network (CAAN) Advisory Group Meeting. If you have issues, questions and/or suggestions on the topic of under-aged drinking, reducing children's risk of alcohol harm, how it should be addressed in health education or curriculum programs, alcohol consumption by adults at school-authorised events, 'secondary supply', Victorian Government legislation or how best to inform parents and youth in this area - please share your views with us.
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"Dear Parents, 2012 has been another remarkable year for our young Victorians. ............ Thank you to all the parents for your tireless efforts and well done on another fantastic year."
The Hon Martin Dixon, MP
Minister for Education
Read full letter Minister Dixon letter to Parents
Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy commented to media this afternoon, November 28, that she is stunned by Minister Dixon's response this afternoon in regard to his memory of who advised him on the decision to change funding to VCAL.
Parents Victoria with other key stakeholders was part of the stakeholder reference group in 2011 and at no time were these changes discussed or debated in regards to VCAL or any vocational program. Nor were we as a key player, the parents of the students who enrol into these programs, consulted about the Victorian Government's intention to cut funding to a program that has had a 60% growth since 2006.
Parents Victoria remains concerned for students and families affected by these ill-informed decisions because where governments don't fund then there is pressure for parents to pay the short-falls or schools cut funding to other programs or subjects, to support students.
Costs to enrol in programs then limit access based on affordability and worse, Victoria will suffer increased statistics of student disengagement and demands on social support services.
The Victorian Auditor General's Office (VAGO) report clearly states that DEECD did not collect data. Parents Victoria welcomes VAGO recommendations, especially "improve data collection and analysis around how effective the department is in supporting schools to assist disengaged students and those at-risk of disengaging to remain at school and complete Year 12 or equivalent".
The fact remains that unless governments invest in schools nothing improves and sadly our Public Schools are being hit by cuts right, left and centre!