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Powell Media Release – New Independent Public School congratulated (16 October 2013)

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP has congratulated Palmwoods on being named among 54 Queensland state schools to adopt the Independent Public Schools model from the start of 2014.

Mr Powell said the local schools were selected from more than 100 expressions of interest state wide.

“As an Independent Public School, Palmwoods State School will be well-placed to benefit from increased autonomy to deliver the best possible outcomes for their students and this community,” Mr Powell said.

“With greater input from parents, teachers and community members, the school will have more freedom to shape their own direction and make decisions that will directly benefit their students.

“Over time, I have no doubt this will lead to better innovation, stronger partnerships with industry and the community and the tailoring of school programs.”

Mr Powell said the Independent Public School initiative was one of the many ways the Newman Government was reducing red tape so that schools could focus on delivering a quality education experience for their students.

“Our local schools are already enjoying a great deal of autonomy and a number of new measures have been announced recently to further reduce the administrative burden for all state schools,” Mr Powell said.

“The Queensland Government is investing $21 million in establishing 120 Independent Public Schools by 2016.”

 ENDS 16 October 2013

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