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Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, comments.  Herald Sun April 11, 2016

"The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO has said the current funding system is actually made up of 27 different agreements between the Federal Government, states and territories, and independent and Catholic schools."  ABC News April 7, 2016

"A Principal says that by expelling students, schools are not only disrupting their education but setting them up for failure later in life."

Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, comments.  The Educator, April 6, 2016

Youth Action and ARACY (Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth) have launched a national survey of Australian young people to highlight the importance of young people's issues at the upcoming Federal Election.


"Parents are sending their kids to school without an iPad or laptop, in protest at their school's digital device policies."

Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy comments.  The Age, April 4, 2016.

Gail was also invited to make comment on 774 ABC Melbourne, this morning on Breakfast with Red Symons.  Read the story.


Parents Victoria's full comments as provided to the Age are:


"Parents Victoria (PV) claimed all Students have a right to an education regardless if they can or cannot afford a digital device.


PV want all students to get to school, be engaged and be equipped to learn on any given day regardless of their personal circumstance and we know schools want this too. 

When Government and/or Schools make promises or implement decisions on how they intend to deliver the curriculum they need to make considerations how this will impact on all those families currently enrolled.
For instance a single parent family of a Year 10 student may not sign up to a purchase of a new beaut $1500 laptop in year 10 when the students learning pathway will be elsewhere thereafter. 
important to note students do not differentiate between educational resources being essential or optional. For them it is as simple as their family/parent is able to afford it or not which equates to being the same or not to their peers in the same classroom.
ICT is one of the biggest increases to school costs in recent times and can pose a significant barrier to some families, families need options and support not more hurdles." 


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