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Another Study Shows That Money Matters in Education

Posted on Thursday February 4, 2016

A new review of research studies shows that money matters in education. There is a positive relationship between increased school funding and student achievement. >> Read on...

Labor’s Gonski Promise Puts the Heat on Turnbull

Posted on Monday February 1, 2016

Labor’s commitment of $4.5 billion in school funding for 2018 and 2019 is a stark contrast to the Turnbull Government’s plan to ditch Gonski funding after 2017 and cut school funding in real terms. But, Labor must explain why it has reduced the $7 billion it promised in government. >> Read on...

The Increasing Ethnic Divide Between Schools Undermines Multiculturalism

Posted on Wednesday January 27, 2016

Rather than being microcosms of the community, schools are increasingly divided by class and ethnicity. A new study shows that the growing social and ethnic divide between schools has worrying implications for multicultural social relations and for social justice. >> Read on...

NAPLAN Online Test of Writing Could Widen the Achievement Gap

Posted on Friday January 22, 2016

New research by the US National Centre for Education Statistics shows that the introduction of on-line testing of writing, as planned by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, may widen the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students. >> Read on...

Oxfam Says that Global Tax Avoidance is Starving Funding for Vital Public Services

Posted on Wednesday January 20, 2016

A new Oxfam report says that the global tax avoidance network is depriving governments of resources needed to fund vital public services such as education and health. < >> Read on...

Louisiana School Voucher Scheme Reduces Student Achievement

Posted on Monday January 18, 2016

The much-heralded Louisiana school voucher program is another free market failure. >> Read on...

Media Release: Government Could Easily Fund Gonski Plan

Posted on Thursday January 14, 2016

SOS analysis shows that the Federal Government could easily fund the last two years of the Gonski plan. >> Read on...

Govt Has a Massive Potential Revenue Pool to Fund Gonski

Posted on Thursday January 14, 2016

The Government could easily fund the $7 billion for the last two years of Gonksi. It has a potential revenue pool of at least $34 billion a year. >> Read on...

Closed for Learning: The Impact of School Closures on Students and Communities

Posted on Monday January 11, 2016

Closing public schools not only has a negative impact on student performance but also creates hardship for communities already struggling with disinvestment. Closing schools in the US is a vehicle for the privatization of education. >> Read on...

The De-Professionalization of Teaching

Posted on Saturday January 9, 2016

A policy brief from a US education policy think tank says that competition and choice policies in education are leading to the de-professionalization of teaching. >> Read on...

Well-off Private Schools Are Over-Funded by $3 Billion a Year

Posted on Wednesday January 6, 2016

Some 1,400 private schools are over-funded by taxpayers to the tune of $3 million a year. This money would be far better spent on supporting disadvantaged public and private schools. >> Read on...

Wealthy Private School Parents Evading Taxes

Posted on Monday January 4, 2016

The wealthy claim that they are entitled to taxpayer funding to send their children to elite private schools because they pay taxes. However, it appears that many of them are evading taxes. >> Read on...

Technology is No Game-Changer in the Classroom

Posted on Monday December 21, 2015

A teacher explains that new technology is having little impact in the classroom because most educational applications of technology ignore what we know about basic learning theory. >> Read on...

Turnbull Govt Fails on Improving Maths and Science

Posted on Friday December 11, 2015

The Turnbull Government’s innovation statement virtually ignores school education. It proposes an increase in funding for maths and science in schools of only $54 per student over five years. This will do little to reverse Australia’s declining maths and science results. >> Read on...

More Evidence That Better School Results Increases Economic Growth

Posted on Friday December 11, 2015

Another study shows that investing in school education brings a big economic return. >> Read on...

The ACT’s Underperfoming School System Warrants Independent Review

Posted on Tuesday December 8, 2015

The latest NAPLAN results show that the ACT school system (public and private) is underperforming on average student results, student progress and equity. >> Read on...

Building Our Nation Through Public Education

Posted on Friday December 4, 2015

A new paper by Professor Alan Reid shows that Australian education is not equitable with large achievement gaps between rich and poor. Education policy over the last 40 years has exacerbated inequity. >> Read on...

Reflections on Teaching: The Craft of Teaching

Posted on Tuesday December 1, 2015

Teaching is a craft. A teacher needs to have many techniques because every teaching situation is different and a good teacher constantly thinks about which ones to use in different situations. >> Read on...

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...

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