The much-heralded Louisiana school voucher program is another free market failure.
SOS analysis shows that the Federal Government could easily fund the last two years of the Gonski plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another study shows that investing in school education brings a big economic return.
The latest NAPLAN results show that the ACT school system (public and private) is underperforming on average student results, student progress and equity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ACT school system has become increasingly stratified and inequitable according to renowned education researcher Barbara Preston.
A new report details the growing grassroots movement in the United States against standardised testing.
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.
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.
Malcolm Turnbull has created new hope for the full implementation of the Gonski funding plan to reduce disadvantage in education.
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.
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.
A new research brief finds that school choice is no guarantee of better student results.
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
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.
NSW Parliament report slams the high handed approach by the Department of Education to consultation about closing small schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new report shows that universal access to preschool education enhances developmental outcomes for all children, particularly for disadvantaged children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Needs-based funding can boost the achievement of disadvantaged students.
Allowing for-profit schools in Australia would be a huge mistake. They have a very bad record overseas.
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.
A new report finds that academy schools (which are an English version of independent public schools) perform no better than traditional public schools.
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.
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.
New figures show that, adjusted for inflation, government funding for private schools has increased since 2009, while funding for public schools has been cut.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Federal Budget ignored the needs of disadvantaged students.
US educator shows that East Asian countries are abandoning the education policies and practices that Western observers have praised.
Report shows that first year students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds at Victoria University achieved better results than high SES students.
Retired principals’ leader outlines ways that principals can meet their responsibility to make teacher training effective.
Recent studies show that improving equity in education boosts economic growth, reduces income inequality and increases health and well-being.
The NSW Legislative Council has unanimously condemned the Abbott Government’s refusal to fund the full six years of the Gonski funding plan.
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.
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.
A teacher responds to the ABC Life Matters discussion on parents taking their children out of the NAPLAN tests.
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.
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.