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The policy is laudable insofar as it protects TasTAFE within a contestable funding market it cannot succeed within for structural reasons.
While investment in better facilities for Tasmania’s state schools is welcome, as is the investment in early learning and years 11 and 12, it is not clear whether capital works should be the most urgent area of education expenditure for the Tasmanian Government.
Evidence does suggest (not always conclusively) that out-of-field teaching diminishes student results.
If the ECIS were discontinued—a possibility this policy leaves open—there would be a vacuum of support for children with a disability or a developmental delay at their schools.
The existing scheme relies on IQ cut-offs and does not conceive of funding matched to a diversity of student needs and capabilities.
Pride. Compassion. Strength. These are the key themes that rose to the top of our discussions with residents of Tasmania’s North West and Western regions.