Teaching Australia in doubt

Not that education policy in this country is driven by politics or anything… From the AGE today.

FEDERAL Education Minister Julia Gillard has refused to
guarantee the future of a body set up by the Howard Government to
improve teaching.

Many teachers and states said the establishment of Teaching
Australia in 2005 was an ideologically driven exercise in
teacher-bashing, its role in representing teachers and school
leaders too broad, and that it duplicated the tasks of state
teacher registration boards.

The former government allocated $30 million until 2009 to fund
the institute, but Ms Gillard refused to comment on its future at a
private meeting with principals’ groups earlier this year. Her
adviser, Tom Bentley, said that budget issues would pressure the
decisions about Teaching Australia, according to notes from the
meeting published on the Australian Secondary Principals
Association’s website.

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