Federation’s inaugural Champion of Public Education Award has been posthumously awarded to John Kaye MLC. His partner, Lynne Joslyn (pictured at left, holding the award with Federation President Maurie Mulheron) accepted the award on the first day of Annual Conference.
“While John Kaye was never a member of our union he was always our friend and ally, and as a member of the NSW [parliament], in that arena he was one of the strongest advocates for public schools and TAFE that we’ve ever known,” Federation General Secretary John Dixon said.
Recipients of the new award will have demonstrated over many years some or all of the following attributes: a contribution to Federation campaigns in support of public education; a close collaboration with Federation members in support of the union’s campaigns; the provision of support, advice and research to Federation in support of campaigns; the use of a public profile to protect, defend and advance the cause of public education.
In addition to the Champion of Public Education Award, Dr John Kaye’s legacy will also be honoured by Federation with an annual teacher’s scholarship in his name, for social and environmental activism.