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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...

Qld Private Schools Rorting Govt Grants

Posted on Friday April 10, 2015

A report by the Queensland Auditor-General has found that some private schools have been rigging their enrolments to claim more funding from the Queensland Government than they are entitled to. >> Read on...

Reducing Inequity in Education is Vital in NSW

Posted on Friday March 27, 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 Wednesday March 25, 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 Monday March 23, 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 Wednesday March 18, 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 Monday March 16, 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 Friday March 13, 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 Sunday March 8, 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 Sunday March 8, 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 Saturday March 7, 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 Friday March 6, 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 Thursday March 5, 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 Tuesday March 3, 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 Saturday February 28, 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 Friday February 27, 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 Monday February 23, 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 Thursday February 19, 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...



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