September 26, 2005

MUST BE NICE NOT TO HAVE FILIBUSTERS:

Schools voucher plan to end rift (Samantha Maiden, 27sep05, The Australian)

AUSTRALIA'S schools are on the verge of a revolution that will end "the Berlin Wall" between the public and private systems and deliver greater choice to parents, former competition watchdog chief Allan Fels has predicted.

Speaking on the eve of the Schooling for the 21st Century conference, Professor Fels said it was time to debate a voucher scheme that would allow parents to spend a taxpayer-grant at public or private schools.

Parents and students should also be offered greater choice between public schools, including being able to select from a cluster of schools in their region, rather than the current "take it or leave it" option based on residence.

As Education Minister Brendan Nelson steps up his campaign to apply benchmarks to key curriculums in the nation's schools, Professor Fels warned transparent and easily accessible information for parents and students on school performance was the key to driving competition and quality.

"We are going to find that the Berlin Wall between public and private schooling will start to come down," Professor Fels told The Australian.


...and John Howard pulls ahead...

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 26, 2005 2:35 PM
Comments

Wicked good metaphor "Berlin Wall". "Plantation" works too. The NEA is doomed.

Posted by: Luciferous at September 26, 2005 3:06 PM
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