Fighting for Equity in Education

The struggle is long but hope is longer

Top Public Service Mandarin Badly Bungled School Funding Figures

Posted on Thursday November 26, 2015

The head of PM&C, Michael Thawley, badly bungled the figures on school funding earlier this month. The actual increase in real funding for schools is eight times less than he claimed. >> Read on...

Integrating Immigrant Children in School is an Australian Success Story

Posted on Monday November 23, 2015

A new OECD report shows Australia’s school system has been highly successful in integrating immigrant children in school. Australia’s success contrasts with that of schools in France and Belgium which have the most alienated immigrant students in the OECD. >> Read on...

The ACT school system: An increasingly stratified, inequitable and dysfunctional schooling system

Posted on Thursday November 19, 2015

The ACT school system has become increasingly stratified and inequitable according to renowned education researcher Barbara Preston. >> Read on...

Growing Grassroots Movement Rolls Back Testing Overkill

Posted on Wednesday November 18, 2015

A new report details the growing grassroots movement in the United States against standardised testing. >> Read on...

Is the ACT School System Underperforming?

Posted on Tuesday November 17, 2015

Despite its high average results, the ACT has a low equity school system with large gaps between high and low performing students and between high and low SES students. After nearly 15 years in government, Labor has failed to make a dent in inequity in education. >> Read on...

David Gonski Turns Up the Pressure on Turnbull and Shorten

Posted on Tuesday November 10, 2015

David Gonski has turned up the pressure on the Federal Government and the Opposition to fully implement his funding model and reduce disadvantage in education. >> Read on...

Turnbull Creates New Optimism for Gonski

Posted on Monday November 9, 2015

Malcolm Turnbull has created new hope for the full implementation of the Gonski funding plan to reduce disadvantage in education. >> Read on...

The Price of Privilege

Posted on Monday November 9, 2015

When parents pay premium fees for their children to attend elite private schools, there is little wonder that some have a sense of entitlement as revealed by slurs against public school students by Xavier student. >> Read on...

Why is Gonski Funding Worth Fighting For?

Posted on Saturday November 7, 2015

Australia cannot afford to cut Gonski funding. Abandoning under-resourced schools and allowing disadvantaged children to continue without assistance will mean negative economic and social results for our future society. >> Read on...

School Choice is No Guarantee to Improve Results

Posted on Tuesday November 3, 2015

A new research brief finds that school choice is no guarantee of better student results. >> Read on...

Case Studies in Consultation Failure on School Closures by the NSW Department of Education

Posted on Tuesday October 27, 2015

The report by the NSW Legislative Council Select Committee on the closure of public schools in NSW presented three detailed and damning case studies about the failure of the Department of Education to consult genuinely with school communities >> Read on...

NSW Department of Education Conducted a War Against Small Rural Schools

Posted on Monday October 26, 2015

The NSW Legislative Council report on the closure of public schools shows that the Department of Education conducted a war against small rural schools. Some 36 public schools have been closed under the Baird Government. >> Read on...

NSW Parliament Committee Slams Education Department on School Closures

Posted on Monday October 26, 2015

NSW Parliament report slams the high handed approach by the Department of Education to consultation about closing small schools. >> Read on...

Fees in Victorian Public Schools Under the Microscope

Posted on Wednesday October 21, 2015

A Victorian public school has been charging an enrolment fee to parents. Many public schools in Victoria are charging for items that should be provided free. It raises the issue of how many public schools in other states are charging for items that should be free. >> Read on...

School Size Matters

Posted on Sunday October 18, 2015

Recent research on school size suggests that student results tend to be lower in large primary schools than in small schools, but at the secondary level the results are mixed. There are other costs and benefits associated with large schools. >> Read on...

School Autonomy Is Not The Same as Teacher Autonomy

Posted on Wednesday October 14, 2015

Pasi Sahlberg says that school autonomy should not be confused with teacher autonomy and that it is teacher autonomy that is more important for student learning. >> Read on...

The Battle Over New Orleans Charter Schools

Posted on Monday October 12, 2015

Turning New Orleans into a virtually all-charter school city after Hurricane Katrina has reinforced social segregation and failed to develop a high quality school system serving all students. School results in Louisiana remain amongst the lowest in the US. >> Read on...

Unequal Access to Curriculum is Widening Achievement Gaps in Schools

Posted on Tuesday October 6, 2015

Access to rigorous mathematics in Australian schools is amongst the most unequal in the OECD and this is a major factor in the large achievement gap in mathematics between rich and poor. >> Read on...

Preschool Education Has Major Benefits

Posted on Friday October 2, 2015

A new report shows that universal access to preschool education enhances developmental outcomes for all children, particularly for disadvantaged children. >> Read on...

Victorian Private Schools Get Funding Windfall from Andrews Government

Posted on Tuesday September 29, 2015

Victorian private schools will receive a hidden windfall dividend of nearly $200 million following the recent announcement of the Labor Government to increase funding for public schools by $747 million. >> Read on...

Australia’s Heavy Investment in Computers in Schools Has Not Paid Off

Posted on Tuesday September 22, 2015

Australia’s heavy investment in computer-based technology in schools has failed to improve student performance in reading, mathematics and science according to the OECD. >> Read on...

Growing Social Segregation in Australia’s Schools

Posted on Friday September 18, 2015

Australia’s schools are becoming more segregated in terms of class and ethnicity and it has serious implications equity in education and for multiculturalism and social cohesion. >> Read on...

New Opportunity for Bi-Partisan Support for Gonski Funding

Posted on Tuesday September 15, 2015

The election of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister creates a new opportunity for bi-partisan support for the Gonski funding plan. It should not be missed. >> Read on...

Submission to NSW Legislative Council Inquiry into the Closure of Public Schools in New South Wales

Posted on Monday September 14, 2015

SOS submission to the NSW Parliament inquiry on school closures recommends that governments considering closing public schools should carefully analyse the educational, financial and social impact on students, their families and the general school community. It says that proposed school closures should be examined by an independent public inquiry process. >> Read on...

Completing Secondary School Increases Employment Prospects

Posted on Thursday September 10, 2015

New OECD brief shows dramatic improvement in Year 12 completion in Australia in the last 30 years, but there is room for further improvement. Completing school increases employment prospects and future earnings. >> Read on...

Failure of Disadvantaged Students is not Inevitable

Posted on Tuesday September 8, 2015

Needs-based funding can boost the achievement of disadvantaged students. >> Read on...

For-profit Schools Have a Bad Record

Posted on Monday July 20, 2015

Allowing for-profit schools in Australia would be a huge mistake. They have a very bad record overseas. >> Read on...

Dropping Out of School is Deadly

Posted on Thursday July 16, 2015

Scientific research shows that completing high school leads to lower levels of mortality and that not completing school may be as deadly as smoking. Gonski funding will be good for health as well as education. >> Read on...

More Bad News for Independent Public Schools

Posted on Monday July 13, 2015

A new report finds that academy schools (which are an English version of independent public schools) perform no better than traditional public schools. >> Read on...

New Figures Show that Government Funding for Public Schools is Down, but Up for Private Schools

Posted on Wednesday July 8, 2015

SOS research paper shows that governments have discriminated against disadvantaged students in public schools. Total government funding for public schools has fallen in real terms while funding for Catholic and Independent schools has increased. >> Read on...



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