Australia

Students reap rewards of greater autonomy for principals
Arlington, K.  Sydney Morning Herald (13 March 2012) 

This article from the perspective of New South Wales parents and educators focuses on the benefits — mainly flexibility — that the school autonomy plans will provide with the shift in personnel and financial decision-making power from the state government to individual principals.  According to one principal, “'[We have] the opportunity to think differently and find solutions to issues that haven’t been found before.”  According to the article, this flexibility enables principals to bring into public schools what private schools have been doing all along — treating each child as an individual.   (The perspective of principals from the New South Wales Teachers Union can be found here; an article about a report funded by the Treasury outlining the autonomy plan as a cost-effective plan can be found here.)

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