Fighting for Equity in Education

The struggle is long but hope is longer

SOS is Having a Break

Posted on Tuesday July 21, 2015

SOS is taking break to mid-Sept. >> 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...

Catholic Education Commission Puts up a Smokescreen on School Funding

Posted on Monday July 6, 2015

The National Catholic Education Commission has set a smokescreen of misleading data to divert attention from the impact of discriminatory government funding policies that favour private schools over public schools. >> Read on...

Media Release: Funding for Public Schools Down, Funding for Private Schools Up

Posted on Sunday July 5, 2015

New figures show that, adjusted for inflation, government funding for private schools has increased since 2009, while funding for public schools has been cut. >> Read on...

Study Finds that School SES has a Strong Impact on Student Achievement

Posted on Wednesday July 1, 2015

A new study shows that the socio-economic composition of schools has a large effect on student achievement. It contradicts claims that school socio-economic composition is irrelevant for student achievement. >> Read on...

Victorian Education Corruption Scandal: Our Children Deserve Much Better

Posted on Sunday June 21, 2015

A Victorian school principal speaks out on the school corruption scandal. Despite Victoria have a highly devolved school system, principals and school business managers receive little training in school financial management. >> Read on...

Vic Govt Agrees to Support P-TECH Schools

Posted on Thursday June 18, 2015

Senate Estimates hearings reveal that the Victorian Government has agreed to support Tony Abbott’s pet project for two US style P-TECH schools in Ballarat and Geelong. >> Read on...

Federal Education Dept Befuddled by Pyne’s Funding Increase Claims

Posted on Tuesday June 16, 2015

Federal Department of Education and Training officials are befuddled by Christopher Pyne’s often repeated claim that school funding has increased by 40% in the last 10 years. It has only increased by 5.6% or 0.6% a year. >> Read on...

Federal Budget Perspective: A Reduced Future

Posted on Sunday June 14, 2015

Federal Budget ignored the needs of disadvantaged students. >> Read on...

Lessons That Matter From East Asian Education

Posted on Saturday June 6, 2015

US educator shows that East Asian countries are abandoning the education policies and practices that Western observers have praised. >> Read on...

Low SES Students Do Better Than High SES Students at University

Posted on Wednesday June 3, 2015

Report shows that first year students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds at Victoria University achieved better results than high SES students. >> Read on...

Principal Leadership Makes Teacher Training Effective

Posted on Monday June 1, 2015

Retired principals’ leader outlines ways that principals can meet their responsibility to make teacher training effective. >> Read on...

Improving Equity in Education Boosts Economic Growth and Health

Posted on Friday May 29, 2015

Recent studies show that improving equity in education boosts economic growth, reduces income inequality and increases health and well-being. >> Read on...

NSW Upper House Slams Federal Coalition’s Refusal to Fully Fund Gonksi

Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

The NSW Legislative Council has unanimously condemned the Abbott Government’s refusal to fund the full six years of the Gonski funding plan. >> Read on...

Media Release: P-TECH Schools Are Unproven and Threaten Public Education

Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

Save Our Schools today called for public consultation and scrutiny of the P-TECH schools proposed for Ballarat and Geelong and sponsored by the giant IT multinational IBM. >> Read on...

P-TECH Schools are Unproven and Threaten Public Education

Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

The introduction of P-TECH schools is proceeding without any evidence that they work and without any open discussion of their implications for the curriculum, how public schools are governed and how education is delivered in the classroom. They should be publicly scrutinized before being implemented. >> Read on...

A Teacher's Comment on NAPLAN

Posted on Thursday May 21, 2015

A teacher responds to the ABC Life Matters discussion on parents taking their children out of the NAPLAN tests. >> Read on...

OECD Report Shows That Refusing to Fund Gonski is Short-Sighted

Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2015

The findings of a new OECD report show that the refusal of the Federal Government and several state governments to fully fund Gonksi will mean lower economic growth over the next 80 years. >> Read on...

Australia Has High Quality, but Mixed School Outcomes

Posted on Monday May 11, 2015

A working paper published by SOS shows that Australia has high quality, but mixed school outcomes. The paper is the first in a series on equity in education and school funding in Australia. >> Read on...

Poverty and Education

Posted on Thursday May 7, 2015

A policy brief highlights the extent of poverty amongst US school children and its effects on learning and access to school resources >> Read on...

Massive Fraud and Waste in US Charter Schools

Posted on Saturday May 2, 2015

A new report has detailed fraud and waste in charter schools in the United States totalling over $200 million but says it is the tip of the iceberg. >> Read on...

More Years of Education Improves Health

Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2015

A new Australian study has shown that extending the years of education improves health outcomes. However, the prospects for increasing Year 12 completion rates have been set back by the refusal of the Abbott Government and several state governments to fully implement the Gonski funding plan. >> Read on...

In Finland Less = More

Posted on Sunday April 26, 2015

An American teacher teaching in Finland explores the reasons for Finland’s success in education. >> Read on...

More Education Reduces Income Inequality

Posted on Thursday April 23, 2015

A review of academic studies on the effects of education on income inequality shows that education is effective in reducing inequality. It suggests that full implementation of the Gonski funding plan would help reduce income inequality by improving secondary school outcomes. >> Read on...

Studies Show Public Schools Achieve Similar Results to Private Schools

Posted on Monday April 20, 2015

A review of nearly 30 studies published in the last 15 years shows that public schools achieve similar outcomes to Catholic and Independent schools across a range of education indicators. >> Read on...

Massive Surge in Students Opting-Out of Tests

Posted on Sunday April 19, 2015

There was a massive surge in the number of students being withdrawn from standardised tests in the United States last week. >> Read on...

Academic Study Shows that Private Primary Schools Perform no Better than Public Schools

Posted on Tuesday April 14, 2015

A Queensland University study has shown that there is no difference in test results between public, Catholic and Independent primary schools after taking account of student background factors. >> Read on...

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