Teachers stop-work impacts school work

TEACHERS will strike for two hours today against reforms to the education system.

From 9am members of the NSW Teachers Federation will conduct stop-work meetings across the state.

The union is concerned about the Local Schools, Local Decisions reforms and wants guarantees on staffing levels, salaries and curriculum.

NSW Teachers Federation relief North Coast organiser Anthony Galluzzo said the reforms are the biggest change to the system in "100 years".

"This is certainly one of the most radical reforms and re- structures of the Department of Education in our history," Mr Galluzzo said.

"It will have a huge impact on every school, every student, every member and every principal in public education."

Mr Galluzzo acknowledged the stop-work would inconvenience parents but said education staff need time to discuss the reforms.

"We're encouraging parents to contact their schools to see if there will be minim supervision available," Mr Galluzzo said.

"Parents certainly need to contact their schools, but this is a time for teachers to be able to have informed debate about the issues."

The reforms aim to give principals more power over budgets and the selection of staff.

Principals will now be able to source school resources locally and manage 70% of their own education budget, instead of the current 10%.

Of the 331 NSW schools taking part in the program, 28 are from the North Coast.

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has condemned strike action.

"We are not going to be held to ransom by the Teachers Federation. These reforms are to suit students, not the union," Mr Piccoli said










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