Tim Blair


New Criterion



Tuesday, October 12, 2004
One of the more radical policies to come from the Federal election campaign was the Coalition's plan to by-pass the State governments in allocating some new capital works money.

The mood for real change seems to be spreading. The professional organisation of secondary school principals has picked it up and run the full distance. They want federal funding and the abolition of the State education bureaucracies.
The Australian Secondary Principals' Association (ASPA) yesterday suggested a national framework in which education funding and policy is administered federally, and run through about 50 regional divisions.

"I wouldn't mind at all seeing state governments cut out of education . . . Something has to be done. Schools need much more flexibility in the use of their resources," said Mr Brierley, whose group represents about 2000 secondary principals.

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