NINE Gold Coast schools will have more say on how they manage resources, recruit staff and tailor their curriculum to meet the needs of students when the next academic year begins.
Caningeraba State School,Miami State High School, Coomera Rivers State School, Ormeau State School, Pimpama State Primary College, Elanora State School, Merrimac State School, Ashmore State School and Bellevue Park State School are among 50 schools across the state due to become Independent Public Schools next year following an announcement today by Premier Campbell Newman.
Member for Burleigh Michael Hart MP said it means teaching staff will have more power to do their jobs and raise standards.
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“With greater input from parents, teachers and the community, these new Independent Public Schools will have even more freedom to decide their own futures and make decisions that will directly benefit students,” he said.
Eighty Queensland schools have already been granted independent status, including 12 on the Gold Coast.
The Newman LNP Government went to the election promising 120 Independent Public Schools by 2016.
“We’ve now decided to extend our target to 250 Independent Public Schools by 2017, so even more Gold Coast schools will have the chance of more autonomy under this government,” Mr Hart said.
“Even though much has changed for the better in our schools in the past two and a half years, there’s still much more to be done.
“Only our strong plan for schools will give Gold Coast students the education they deserve.”
Mr Hart said Independent Public Schools also received more funding, including support from the Federal Government.