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Parents are being asked to pay hundreds of dollars each by hard-up schools.  With the Christmas holidays fast approaching and parents struggling to find the cash to pay for presents, state schools have sent out letters asking for 'voluntary' contributions of up to $1000.  Sunday Herald Sun, December 4, 2011  Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, quoted.

The Baillieu Government will encourage state schools to adopt single-sex classes if a current trial lifts academic results.    Sunday Herald Sun, December 4, 2011  Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy quoted.

Parents Victoria President, Sharron Healy, said many government schools had the "unethical" practice of charging parents for items already funded by the state.  Melbourne Weekly Port Phillip November 28, 2011

More children are being excluded from popular state schools as parents pay up to $200,000 extra to buy houses in enrolment zones.  Herald Sun November 26, 2011 Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy quoted. 

The Baillieu government is backing the campaign by private schools to maintain their share of federal funding, warning that any drop could push up fees and force thousands of families into public schools, costing the state millions of dollars.  The Age, Friday November 25  See Parents Victoria statement on our website home page


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