Charter Schools coming to Australia…wait for union howling

There is going to be a donnybrook in Australia of immense proportions as Tony Abbott seeks to change education by wresting control from the unions.

PRINCIPALS and parents will be put in control of public schools under the first rollout of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s schools revolution.

Promising to take on the education establishment, including unions and the bureaucracy, Mr Abbott pledged during the election campaign to make public schools “independent”, and wants 25 per cent of public schools to make the switch by 2017.

But the plan is opposed by teachers unions, who have accused the Coalition of trying to turn public schools into private schools and cover up a cost-cutting agenda. ?

Education Minister Christopher Pyne predicts the reforms will boost public school enrolments, reversing the trend of parents choosing to go private over public.

“I think it is transformative and most importantly it puts students first. Students should be the number one priority for any government in terms of education,” he said.

“Rubber will start to hit the road in 2014. The philosophy of the Coalition is that we believe that principals and properly qualified parents are perfectly capable of making excellent decisions for their local schools. We trust people. Labor trusts the bureaucracy.”

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