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Barr closes public schools, kids go somewhere else

By louise 30 March 2007 24

Acccording to the Barr’s latest media release, the latest school census results are available. He has put an interesting spin in what is a very bad news story for the government.

The data show, suprise, surprise, that families flee the public system when you close a heap of public schools, be mean to their families, say even meaner things about them, and do bad things to a heap of other public schools (ask Narrabundah if they’re happy with becoming a P-2 without warning).

Shock, horror, these kids have mysteriously turned up in the comparatively stable and relatively pleasant private sector – rich anglican schools and even the poor catholic schools.

I’m sure this recent decline in public school enrolments by far exceeded the decline paraded last year as the justification for being so evil. Does that mean more schools will find themselves on a hit list this year?

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seepi 3:12 pm 02 Apr 07

Sorry I only remember his saying it on WIN news. I remember thinking it was pretty rich to be claiming it as a success though.

nyssa76 2:58 pm 02 Apr 07

Me too.

louise 12:11 pm 02 Apr 07

Seepi, do you have a reference for Barr’s comments about the 2020 effect and August census?

I don’t doubt you, just want to read it for myself and see how deep Barr dug himself in.

nyssa76 8:46 pm 01 Apr 07

HA, there weren’t regular visits by the police to the school.

I know that for a fact.

The Arts area was well run with 2 drama rooms, 2 music rooms and 3 visual arts rooms – a luxury in other ACT Govt high schools. They also held camps for drama and music, so I don’t know where you are coming from on that point.

All the staff were committed to a basic standard of behaviour and enforced the behaviour management policy as much as the PC BS brigade would allow.

As for discipline, its a dirty word nowdays. Teachers and principals hands are tied when it comes to expelling students for negative behaviour, no matter what school your child is enrolled in.

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