COLLEGIAL ADVOCACY (Used here with permission)
Read correspondence from a K-6 Teacher Librarian to the School's Principal (July 2, 2007): "... In view of recent publicity regarding performance-based pay, I have decided to compare my role with that of other teachers. Because principals, by and large, have no personal experience in teacher-librarianship, I am not sure that they would be strong advocates for teacher-librarians, in comparison to other teachers, who are employed in other teaching positions ...
Read the correspondence from a Victorian Secondary Teacher Librarian, to the Committee of SLAV (July 5, 2007): "... As a parent with four children aged one to six, I find it appalling that I can not send my kids to a local state primary school that has a qualified library professional on staff. The responses I have received from the schools' executive demonstrate it does not seem a situation of great concern ...
Read email from Kerry Neary to ALL Queensland politicians (July 23 to August 5): "... What is the Queensland Government doing to acknowledge the latest research into the
effective involvement of school libraries in the curriculum in improving student learning outcomes? ... "
Read the listserv posting from Dona Hartwich (August 4, 2007); reporting on a recent union meeting and response at same regarding Teacher Librarians.
IS THIS A MINISTERIAL INVESTIGATION?
August 10 2007: Two hour meeting with two senior officers of the NSW Department of Education and Training to provide clarification and further details of concerns addressed to the Minister on June 23 2007. The hand-written notes of the meeting were copied and given to A.B. Credaro "to check for accuracy and provide any further information".
See a sample of the handwritten notes: A.B. Credaro phoned the author of the notes on Monday 13th August 2007, apologising for being unable to read the notes and requesting instead access to the draft of the report.
Read the email sent on August 22 2007 requesting a typed copy of the notes
August 24 2007 (approx 11am): Another phone call was made, requesting access to the "draft report". It was revealed that there was no written report, and that the information had already been passed on verbally.
Read the typed copy of the notes: Received at 3.28pm on Friday 24th August 2007.
See the annotated attachment of 25th August: attached to an email that reads in part:
... thanks for sending the typed version of the written notes through to me yesterday. I have attached here a copy of your notes which I have annotated as per your requested on 10th August. (Your text in black, mine is coloured)...I'm aware of the tight time frames for Ministerial Enquiries, so if the contents of your notes have already gone to Trish Kelly's office en route to the Minister, would it be appropriate for me to forward my annotated document direct to the Minister himself?
Read Page 1 of the Official Response from the DET: "...on behalf of the Minister", dated 21st August, received 28th August 2007.
Read Page 2 of the Official Response from the DET: "...on behalf of the Minister", dated 21st August, received 28th August 2007.
Read the Response CC'd to the author of the determination made "on behalf of the Minister" (August 30, 2007): " ... the only pathway to formal recognition of the work that the Premier states that he values so highly is, ironically, to either reduce their attention to their valuable work, or abandon it entirely ..."
Read the second email to The Determinator (August 31 2007): "...Further to my fax last night, I feel I must express a degree of dismay at your reference to Teacher
Librarians as being " ... teachers with library qualifications ..."
Ms Kelly, could I draw your attention to the vast body of evidence that demonstrates that Teacher Librarians are not merely "teachers with library qualifications" - unless so confined by their employment conditions ...
Read the response from the Determinator (September 11 2007): "...I have provided your information and comments to the Industrial Relations Directorate to inform any future discussions on this matter."
Read the next letter (November 9 2007): "...the matters ...were referred to the areas within the Department that have responsibility for each issue ..."
Read the response to the letter above (November 18 2007): "...The Minister himself would appear to be the only individual within state parliament with the authority to address the ineequities of opportunities for the 760,000 students enrolled in public education ..."
Read the next letter (December 6 2007): "...I can assure you that before any changes are made to employment conditions ..."
Read the response to the letter above (December 19 2007): "...The decisions which principals are routinely making - without any requirement for accountability, nor consideration of the impact of their decisions - are already "impacting on people's employment conditions", without the input of the Industrial Relations Directorate ... May I ask if there is a timeframe for those "future discussions"?"
The End? Dated January 29 2008, does this 'final' response contain the resolution to the issues, the answers to all the previous questions, or consider an ultimate result of The Investigation? " ... any further correspondence from you on this matter will be filed without response."
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NEW SOUTH WALES TEACHERS FEDERATION
A circular from the NSW Teachers Federation (August 13, 2007); noting " ... It has come to Federation's attention that ..." and a campaign will start next term. Attached to the circular was a copy of the IRC document, signed by Peter Riordan on 29th July, 2005.
[Note: A.B. Credaro first communicated her concerns (specifying examples and requesting support to address issues that were the direct result of Principals' Discretionary Powers) in writing to NSWTF on 30th March, 2007. The Nominated Federation Officer, indicated in the circular, was phoned on 24th August 2007. The Nominated Federation Officer was not aware of any of the contents shown above on this web page, nor any concerns directly related to the specific school identified as a "case study".]
Update: As at September 17 2008, there has been no campaign or further information from the Union.