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Parents Victoria strongly supports the 50 recommendations in the "Held Back" report, the first of its kind by a human rights commission in Australia. The recommendations build upon those identified by a national review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 and the Victorian Auditor-General's audit of programs for students with special learning needs.  The Commission has expressed its willingness to work with Government and stakeholders to achieve a better deal for students with disabilities.

Issues covered included:  Enrolment; Participation; Curriculum development, accreditation & delivery; Student Support Services; Harassment & victimisation; Issues of concern; Part-time schooling, suspension & expulsion of students with disabilities; Use of restraint and seclusion in schools; Inadequacy of school transport; Transition; Complaints system; Funding and resources; Workforce capacity and Leadership & accountability - a very extensive list !  Please read the report and related resources, share the links and provide your feedback to Parents Victoria via facebook, email, letters or by phone!

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Parents would be banned from drinking at school fetes, discos, concerts, graduation nights and sports days under a plan that aims to prevent children developing alcohol problems.  The AGE September 23, 2012  Parents Victoria's Immediate Past President, Elaine Crowle, quoted

.....  at Rod Laver Arena.   News.com.au , September 5, 2012  Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, speaks.

The achievement gaps between rich and poor exposed by Gonski are nothing less than a national scandal.  The Age, August 27, 2012

A mass strike is set to close more than 200 Victorian schools but teachers and support staff are still winning approval from parents.  Brisbane Times, July 19, 2012  Parents Victoria's Immediate Past President, Elaine Crowle, comments.

Parkwood Secondary College - part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment program dumped by the Baillieu Government - looks set to shut at the end of this year.  The school council voted in favour of closure last Monday and explained its decision to parents in a letter on Friday. Herald Sun  July 30, 2012 Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, quoted.

Parents and students are frustrated and upset after an eastern suburbs school council voted to close their school at the end of the year.  Herald Sun July 31, 2012 Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, pictured

Parents at Parkwood Secondary College are angry they were not consulted before the school council unanimously voted to close the high school in Melbourne's eastern suburbs at the end of the year.   The Age August 1, 2012

Parents Victoria yesterday passed a motion at its Annual General Meeting calling for the religion classes to be moved outside the normal school day.  The Age August 4, 2012 Parents Victoria President, Sharron Healy quoted

Proposed cuts to education welfare payments will mean more than 100,000 of Victoria's poorest children will receive less financial support than students 10 years ago.  Melbourne Weekly, July 3, 2012.  Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy quoted.

Gail also followed up with a posting to the Melbourne Weekly site as follows:

"Can't seem to get the message across that EMA payments have reduced not increased over the years for families.  Families have to be deemed eligible for this assistance and yet the same government who approve the payment have reduced support overall and worse now want to redirect some of it from the needy to the neediest.  Wake up Victoria and realise what is happening to our most vulnerable members of our community and why do children and families have to be the target of budget cuts?"

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