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Monday, March 17, 2008

FOI delivers unhappy news on violence in schools

With some neat planning, or just one of those coincidences, media reports in News Limited papers today provide details of the incidence of violence in schools in three states, all obtained through Freedom of Information - "Shocking pupil violence report" (Courier Mail Queensland); "Louts make school living hell" (Sunday Herald Sun Victoria); "Teachers flee as attacks rise" (The Daily Telegraph NSW).

The Telegraph says that there has been a dramatic reduction in recorded "serious incidents" in NSW because of a new scheme introduced in August last year that means that principals no longer directly file reports on such matters, simply notify the Department which decides whether they should be recorded.

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