Parents representing Save Footscray City Primary School today delivered over 550 signatures to the Legislative Council and over 550 signatures to the Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Victoria.
These will be formally counted and then tabled by Bernie Finn MP and Marsha Thomson MP in their respective houses in the next two days on our behalf.
We call on Minister Dixon to meet with us, hear our concerns and to work with us to resolve this for everyone’s mutual benefit.
Over 300 people attended Save Footscray City Primary’s Rally for Choice in Education today and with more coming later to join in the family friendly picnic and petition signing in the adjacent Treasury Gardens.
When met with concerned police at the Rally outside the Ministry for Education, organisers moved to allay fears as Channel 7 and 2 news set up to capture the protest and hear from beleaguered School Council President, Tim Sharkey and Vice President Andrew (‘Snowy’) Johnson. Journalists from Herald Sun, The Age, Footscray Star, Maribyrnong Leader and Socialist Alliance interviewed parents who remain highly concerned for their children’s education with other local schools capped, and Collingwood College’s Steiner program full with a wait list already in place for 2012 preps.
Tim Sharkey called on Minister for Education, Martin Dixon to “sit down with us now to solve this with only seven weeks to go of the school year. The Minister is our only option. Minister Dixon supports choice in the west, including dual stream schools. We have options – let’s work them through together.”
This evening the number people who have signed Save Footscray City Primary’s online petition reached 1000 people. Thank you to everyone for your support. Photos by Tahnia Trusler & Sean Cummins.
Raimond Gaita outlines a moral and philosophical framework to the issues around the axeing of the dual stream curriculum at Footscray City Primary School in today’s Age newspaper.
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