100 Qld public schools to go independent
MORE than 100 public schools in Queensland will soon go "independent", after the Abbott Government promised the state $13 million to help move decision-making closer to the local community.
The funding was announced today and forms part of the federal government $70 million independent public schools initiative revealed in the May budget, which cut $80 billion from schools and hospitals.
It is part of wider reforms to schools by Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne, in an effort to improve teacher quality and give parents and principals more power over their school's future.
Mr Pyne said the funding would be shared among 130 schools to go to professional development for teachers and "school leaders" to manage "more autonomous schools".
But the state will likely decide which specific schools will get the funding, with Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek saying the funds were "over and above" that given to 80 schools under the states current programs.
He said the state had an "unrelenting focus" on better student outcomes, by boosting teacher quality, "improving student discipline and school autonomy.
The federal funding is also part of wider national reforms to both primary and high schools under the national curriculum review and higher education reforms which are currently being examined in a Senate inquiry. - APN NEWSDESK