Fighting for Equity in Education

The struggle is long but hope is longer

Reducing Inequity in Education is Vital in NSW

Posted on Thursday March 26, 2015

Reducing huge inequality in education between rich and poor is the most urgent education issue facing the next NSW government. >> Read on...

My School Has Failed to Improve School Results

Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2015

My School has failed dismally in its main objective to improve school results. Reading, writing and numeracy test scores have largely stagnated or fallen since the website was established. >> Read on...

How Good is My School?

Posted on Sunday March 22, 2015

Parents should be careful how they interpret test scores published on the My School website. School league tables published in the Canberra Times based on this data are built on shaky ground. >> Read on...

Testing Times

Posted on Tuesday March 17, 2015

A huge opt-out movement has developed in the United States with parents withdrawing their children from standardised tests across the country. >> Read on...

Teachers Condemn Vic Labor Govt on School Funding

Posted on Sunday March 15, 2015

The Victorian AEU has criticised the new Govt legislation which links private school funding to public school funding and called on the Vic Govt to fund the full six years of the Gonski funding plan. >> Read on...

Improving Equity in Education Increases Economic Growth

Posted on Thursday March 12, 2015

Two recently-published studies show that inequality in education is a significant factor affecting economic growth. Both studies find that income inequality limits economic growth because low income families tend to have low education outcomes. >> Read on...

Media Release: Andrews Govt Is On a ‘Unity Ticket’ With Abbott & Pyne

Posted on Saturday March 7, 2015

The Andrews Government has a “unity ticket” with the Abbot Government to refuse to fund the last two years of the Gonski plan. It will have a devastating effect on schools in Victoria, especially public schools. >> Read on...

Mixed Schools Make for a More Socially Tolerant Society

Posted on Saturday March 7, 2015

Study says that ethnically diverse schools make for a more socially tolerant and inclusive society. >> Read on...

Parents Condemn Canberra Times’ School League Tables

Posted on Friday March 6, 2015

Canberra parent’s organisation condemns the publication of school league tables in the Canberra Times. >> Read on...

Capital Expenditure in NSW Government Schools is an Election Issue

Posted on Thursday March 5, 2015

The NSW Labor and Liberal/National parties should promise greater capital expenditure for government schools to the bring the quality of their physical infrastructure up to that of private schools. >> Read on...

Victorian Education Minister Fails in His Response to Criticism of Funding Guarantee for Private Schools

Posted on Wednesday March 4, 2015

The claim of the Victorian Education Minister that Victorian Government funding of private schools is based on need is highly misleading, even disingenuous. >> Read on...

Victorian Govt Betrays Gonski Needs-Based Funding Principle

Posted on Monday March 2, 2015

The Victorian Labor Government has legislated to ensure that funding increases for public schools will automatically flow on in part to private schools without regard to need. It breaches the Gonski principle of funding according to need. >> Read on...

UN Education Expert Calls on Governments to Stand Firm Against Privatisation of Education

Posted on Friday February 27, 2015

UN expert calls on governments to oppose privatising basic education and to strengthen their public systems to ensure free, quality, basic education for all. >> Read on...

Equity or Privilege in Education?

Posted on Thursday February 26, 2015

The future of education policy in Australia is about whether to improve equity in education or compound privilege. Full implementation of the Gonski funding plan would deliver increased equity. >> Read on...

Closing Achievement Gaps Increases Economic Growth and Reduces Income Inequality

Posted on Sunday February 22, 2015

Study says that closing the achievement gap between rich and poor would increased economic growth and government revenue and reduce income inequality. >> Read on...

Parents Are Being Charged for ‘Free’ Education in Victoria

Posted on Wednesday February 18, 2015

The Victorian Auditor-General has found that parents in public schools are being charged for items and activities that should be free. >> Read on...

Massive Increases in Govt Funding for Private Schools

Posted on Sunday February 15, 2015

New figures show that governments have massively favoured private schools with funding increases far above those for public schools. >> Read on...

OECD Says Australia Should Reduce Education Inequality

Posted on Monday February 9, 2015

OECD report says that disadvantaged students in Australia face severe educational shortfalls. It says that Australia should act to improve equity in education. >> Read on...

School Autonomy Allows Schools to Fall Through the Gap

Posted on Thursday February 5, 2015

A second report by the UK House of Commons says that school autonomy in England is letting schools fall through the gap. >> Read on...

No Evidence that Independent Public Schools in England Raise Standards

Posted on Wednesday February 4, 2015

A UK House of Commons report on academy schools, England’s version of independent public schools, says there is no evidence that they improve school results. >> Read on...

Funding Increases Benefit Disadvantaged Students

Posted on Sunday February 1, 2015

Increased school funding brings large improvements for low income students in high school graduation rates and educational attainment, wages, family income, and reductions in adult poverty according to a new study. >> Read on...

New Figures Show that Government Funding Increases Favour Private Schools

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

New figures show that government funding increases for Catholic and Independent schools have outstripped funding increases for public schools since 2009. >> Read on...

What Do Parents Get for a Costly Private School Education?

Posted on Monday January 26, 2015

Parents paying up to $500,000 to put their children through private schools do not get better educational outcomes. >> Read on...

Open Letter on Testing by Diane Ravitch

Posted on Wednesday January 21, 2015

An open letter by Diane Ravitch to the US Senate calls for annual standardised testing to be dropped in US schools. >> Read on...

Media Release: Public Schools are the Equal of Private Schools

Posted on Sunday January 18, 2015

A new analysis of school NAPLAN test results published by Save Our Schools shows that the results in public schools are just as good as those in private schools. >> Read on...

Public Schools Do Just as Well as Private Schools in NAPLAN

Posted on Saturday January 17, 2015

A new research paper from Save Our Schools shows that the often-presumed superior test results of private schools compared to public schools is a myth. Public, Catholic and Independent schools with a similar socio-economic composition have very similar results in nearly all states. >> Read on...

Charter Schools’ Promise Unfulfilled

Posted on Wednesday January 14, 2015

A new charter school study shows that independent public schools do not deliver on their promise of higher student achievement. >> Read on...

ABS Study Shows Big Achievement Gap Between Rich and Poor in Qld

Posted on Sunday January 11, 2015

Study shows a large achievement gap between high and low SES students in Queensland. >> Read on...

Low SES Students Do Better at Uni than High SES students

Posted on Monday January 5, 2015

A new study shows that students from low SES schools have higher grades in first year university than students from high SES schools and that public schools students achieve just as well as private school students. >> Read on...

“Markets Don’t Work in Education” Shockwave

Posted on Sunday December 14, 2014

Markets in education don’t work according to a leading US research economist responsible for many studies on charter schools. >> Read on...

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