Abbotsleigh Parent Forum Communique – Premier Supports School Choice and Diversity

Abbotsleigh School, the NSW Parents’ Council and the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales released a communiqué on 9th June 2011 following the Abbotsleigh Parent Forum held on 8th June 2011.

“The Premier of New South Wales, Barry O’Farrell, addressed more than 400 parents of independent school students, representing more than 60 independent schools from across New South Wales, who gathered at Abbotsleigh School last night to voice their concerns that the Federal Government’s Review of Funding for Schooling could result in a decrease in funding support for students attending independent schools.

The Forum, jointly organised by Abbotsleigh School and the NSW Parents’ Council, saw parents attending from as far afield as Armidale, Orange and Wagga Wagga, representing a diverse range of schools including low fee Anglican, Christian, Catholic and Islamic schools, as well as specialist schools catering for students with disabilities and special needs. Also attending were representatives from Steiner Education Australia, the Australian Association of Christian Schools, Christian Education National, Seventh-day Adventist Schools of NSW, the Australian Council of Jewish Schools and the Uniting Church Board of Education.

The parents raised concerns about the possibility that the Federal Government’s Review of Funding for Schooling could see a decrease in government support for their children’s education.”

The full text is available at Abbotsleigh Parent Forum Communique.

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