Topics:  local schools local decisions, nsw government

Education's ‘big threat'

Pictured from left are NSW Teachers Federation representative Craig Beck, Wyrallah Road Public School P&C; president Katie Muldowney and Wyrallah Rd Public School P&C; secretary Wendy Briggs. Photo: Jacklyn Wagner
Pictured from left are NSW Teachers Federation representative Craig Beck, Wyrallah Road Public School P&C; president Katie Muldowney and Wyrallah Rd Public School P&C; secretary Wendy Briggs. Photo: Jacklyn Wagner

PRINCIPALS will be turned into glorified bookkeepers under the NSW Government's controversial Local Schools Local Decisions policy, a concerned P&C president and a veteran teacher have told The Northern Star.

Teacher's Federation of NSW representative Craig Beck and Wyrallah Road Public School P&C president Katie Muldowney described the impending transfer of budget responsibilities from the education department to principals as the "single biggest threat to public education in its history".

The policy is promoted as empowering schools to make their own financial decisions.

This includes the management of both staffing and non-staffing resources by principals.

Ultimately it aims to have schools managing more than 70% of the total public school education budget.

The policy is deeply unpopular with the Teacher's Federation, which has been striking state-wide since the legislation was passed.

Mr Beck and Mrs Muldowney both fear the legislation is a cover for future budget cuts to the education system.

"We've had people go out on strike who have never gone out on strike in 30 years of teaching because they see how serious the situation is," said Mr Beck.

"Principals will become more accountants than education leaders, and will be judged on their ability to balance the budget rather than increase the educational quality of the schools they lead."



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