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More kindergartens should be attached or positioned close to state schools to stop an exodus of the children of working parents to private schools, according to Victorian AEU President, Mary Bluett. Fred Ackerman, President of the Victorian Primary Principals Association (VPPA), also supports closer links between government primary schools and preschools, arguing for public schools to provide a 'one-stop shop' for working parents. See report in The Age, 30 July 2006.
Global Teacher is an online network created by the Victorian Education Channel and SLAV to provide a dualistic, interactive, cyber setting for educators and students to self publish. The network has been designed to enable educationalists from all over the world to work collaboratively, share educational materials and publish staff and student work. Staff will use a tailor-made blogging program called Global Teacher while students will use a twin program called Global Student.
The Australian Government Education Minister, Julie Bishop, has reaffirmed her support for a voucher system that would give parents government funding for each child to be spent on either a public or private school. She has also commissioned a study of a possible voucher system for students with disabilities, which would enable those in public schools to attend private schools and take their government funding with them. Jennifer Buckingham of the Centre for Independent Studies has supported the voucher system in an article first published in the Canberra Times, 27 July 2006, however voucher systems have been criticised in a report from the Australia Institute. See also article in the Sydney Morning Herald, 20 July 2006.
Designed for teachers, the new online EnhanceTV store offers subscription and free-to-air television programs and media studies articles. Delivery is made within seven days in either VHS or DVD format. The site also has more than 450 free film study guides, an online TV guide, weekly email newsletter with educational TV highlights and latest news, which is updated on a daily basis. The site was developed by the educational licensing provider Screenrights. Most schools and tertiary institutions will have the required Screenrights licence to make purchases.
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A proposed system for monitoring student performance, where each learner would be tracked via their social security number, has come under question in the USA. Opponents contend the proposed system would be a violation of privacy. Another recent federal proposal to expand wire tapping laws is predicted to have costly implications for the tertiary sector. See article in eSchool News, 18 July 2006 (free registration required).