Page 2923 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 6 August 2008

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(a) reduction of class sizes in the most critical years of kindergarten to year 3 to 21 students based on a body of international research;

(b) increased funding for education of more than 40 per cent since being elected in 2001;

(c) investment of over $350 million in building new public schools where they are most needed and in upgrading every other ACT public school;

(d) development of the new curriculum framework Every Chance to Learn for ACT schools from preschool to year 10 and the investment of $2 million for curriculum renewal to ensure all students and teachers can access up to date and relevant curriculum;

(e) development of new policy in the areas of national testing, early childhood education, ICT, safe schools framework, countering bullying, harassment and violence, restorative justice programs and countering racism;

(f) consultation on and investment in the development of a Schools Standards Authority;

(g) investment in the Green Schools initiative to enable students to continue to learn about the effects of climate change and how to tackle the problem including $20 million over 10 years to assist both government and non-government schools become carbon neutral by 2017;

(h) investment of an extra $2.378 million in quality teaching under the 2008-2009 ACT Budget;

(i) investment of an extra $421 000 for teacher leadership under the 2008-2009 ACT Budget;

(j) amalgamation of all ACT pre-schools with public primary schools to deliver on the Government’s commitment to early childhood education and give young Canberrans the best start in life;

(k) increase in pre-school hours to 12 hours per week;

(l) development of 4 new early childhood schools catering for children from preschool through to year 2 in Lyons, Narrabundah, Isabella Plains and Belconnen;

(m) investment of $3.3 million to improve indigenous education outcomes and targeted assistance for year 4 Indigenous students to meet national benchmarks in literacy and numeracy;

(n) investment of an extra $977 000 in literacy and numeracy support for students under the 2008-2009 ACT Budget;

(o) investment of an extra $802 000 to support students at risk of dropping out of school under the 2008-2009 ACT Budget;

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