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Inquiry Details

Inner City Schools

Resolved by the House 10 April 2002, 3rd Session, Minutes No. 9, Item 21 That General Purpose Standing Committee No. 1 inquire into and report on the circumstances, processes, effects and short and long term consequences of the proposed closure and restructuring of government schools in inner Sydney, especially the closure of Hunters Hill High School, and in particular: the validity, relevance and veracity of the demographic and other evidence advanced or used in support of the proposed restructuring, the effectiveness and integrity of the public consultation processes used to develop the plan and to determine the closures of the schools, the accuracy and probity of the asset valuation process and the implications of conducting it before any assessment of educational needs was completed, the role and functioning of the School Closure Committee and the validity of its findings, the risk to the future provision of school education arising from the loss of education sites in inner Sydney area, the impact of state government funding policies, enrolment policies and investment infrastructure for public school on the attractiveness of public schools, the impacts on availability of local comprehensive public education as an option for residents of inner Sydney, the impacts on the educational and social needs of children and young people with high welfare needs, and the development of appropriate measures to ensure that children forced to move schools are not disadvantaged. That the Committee report by 27 June 2002

That General Purpose Standing Committee No. 1 inquire into and report on the circumstances, processes, effects and short and long term consequences of the proposed closure and restructuring of government schools in inner Sydney, especially the closure of Hunters Hill High School, and in particular: the validity, relevance and veracity of the demographic and other evidence advanced or used in support of the proposed restructuring, the effectiveness and integrity of the public consultation processes used to develop the plan and to determine the closures of the schools, the accuracy and probity of the asset valuation process and the implications of conducting it before any assessment of educational needs was completed, the role and functioning of the School Closure Committee and the validity of its findings, the risk to the future provision of school education arising from the loss of education sites in inner Sydney area, the impact of state government funding policies, enrolment policies and investment infrastructure for public school on the attractiveness of public schools, the impacts on availability of local comprehensive public education as an option for residents of inner Sydney, the impacts on the educational and social needs of children and young people with high welfare needs, and the development of appropriate measures to ensure that children forced to move schools are not disadvantaged. That the Committee report by 27 June 2002


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