Andrew Barr has announced he’s roped in “Professor Tony Shaddock, an internationally respected expert” to conduct a review of education for students with special needs.
- “The ACT Government is determined to ensure equity for every student in the ACT,” Mr Barr said. “This means ensuring that every student gets an education that challenges them, meeting both their abilities and their needs.
“The nature of and demand for special education in the ACT has changed significantly over recent years. This review is about helping us ensure we continue to meet the needs of students with special needs in schools across the ACT.
“I announced this review last year and I am pleased today to announce Professor Shaddock has agreed to lead our expert and dedicated review team to help us determine the way forward in this very important area of education,” Mr Barr said.
We’re promised a discussion paper for public comment before final decisions are made.
UPDATE: The Liberals’ Steve Doszpot is not impressed:
- “The terms of reference clearly state that the review is to provide advice on future options for the provision of service for students with a disability within the existing budget provision.
“This means despite the findings of this eminent group of experts, everything that is recommended must come at no extra cost in the budget.
“The shortfall in services for students with a disability in ACT schools is not a new issue.
Another Update: There’s a dedicated website for the review which has more information and detail on making a submission: www.actspecialedreview.com