Fighting for Equity in Education

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Louisiana School Voucher Scheme Reduces Student Achievement

Posted on Sunday January 17, 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 Wednesday January 13, 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 Wednesday January 13, 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 Sunday January 10, 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 Friday January 8, 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 Tuesday January 5, 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 Sunday January 3, 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 Sunday December 20, 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 Thursday December 10, 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 Thursday December 10, 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 Monday December 7, 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 Thursday December 3, 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 Monday November 30, 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 Wednesday November 25, 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 Sunday November 22, 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 Wednesday November 18, 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 Tuesday November 17, 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 Monday November 16, 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 Monday November 9, 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 Sunday November 8, 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 Sunday November 8, 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 Friday November 6, 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 Monday November 2, 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 Monday October 26, 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 Sunday October 25, 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 Sunday October 25, 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 Tuesday October 20, 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 Saturday October 17, 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 Tuesday October 13, 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 Sunday October 11, 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 Monday October 5, 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 Thursday October 1, 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 Monday September 28, 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 Monday September 21, 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 Thursday September 17, 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 Monday September 14, 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 Sunday September 13, 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 Wednesday September 9, 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 Monday September 7, 2015

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

For-profit Schools Have a Bad Record

Posted on Sunday July 19, 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 Wednesday July 15, 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 Sunday July 12, 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 Tuesday July 7, 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 Sunday July 5, 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 Saturday July 4, 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 Tuesday June 30, 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 Saturday June 20, 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 Wednesday June 17, 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 Monday June 15, 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 Saturday June 13, 2015

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

Lessons That Matter From East Asian Education

Posted on Friday June 5, 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 Tuesday June 2, 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 Sunday May 31, 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 Thursday May 28, 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 Wednesday May 27, 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 Monday May 25, 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 Monday May 25, 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 Wednesday May 20, 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 Monday May 18, 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 Sunday May 10, 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...

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