Fighting for Equity in Education

The struggle is long but hope is longer

Productivity Commission Fails to Lift the Bonnet on its Own Funding Figures

Posted on Monday September 12, 2016

The Productivity Commission report on the National Education Evidence Base failed to lift the bonnet on its own funding figures and see that the funding engine is badly misfiring. >> Read on...

Victorian Government Schools Short Changed on Funds

Posted on Friday September 9, 2016

A Victorian public school principal laments the poor state of funding in Victoria >> Read on...

Ken Boston Lambasts Political Failure on Gonski

Posted on Wednesday September 7, 2016

A key member of the Gonski School Funding Review, Ken Boston, has savaged the political failure to implement the Gonski plan. >> Read on...

Apple and Other Multinationals are Fleecing the Disadvantaged

Posted on Monday September 5, 2016

Massive tax evasion by multinationals is fleecing the disadvantaged of decent health and education services. Despite Australia’s recent efforts to clamp down on tax evasion, much more needs to be done. >> Read on...

No Success for Independent Public Schools

Posted on Thursday August 18, 2016

Independent public schools have failed to improve student outcomes according to a report by a bi-partisan committee of the WA Parliament. It is a major blow to the Federal Government policy of increasing school autonomy. >> Read on...

Birmingham’s Unscrupulous Duplicities on School Funding

Posted on Monday August 15, 2016

A critical factor behind the stagnation in the NAPLAN results is the continuing failure of governments to spend money where it is most needed and will do most good. Funding for public schools has been cut while funding for private schools has increased. Simon Birmingham has engaged in unscrupulous duplicities about trends in school funding that are designed to avoid further investment in reducing disadvantage in education. >> Read on...

NAPLAN Results Show That the ACT Government Has Dropped the Ball on Education

Posted on Thursday August 4, 2016

The new NAPLAN results show that the ACT school system continues to under-perform given its advantaged population. The results are a condemnation of Government inaction on school education. They warrant a full, public independent inquiry. >> Read on...

Ending Federal Funding of Public Education is Still on the Agenda

Posted on Wednesday April 20, 2016

Ending Federal funding of public schools is still on the agenda despite the claims of the Prime Minister and the Federal Education Minister that they are committed to public schools. COAG has agreed to consider the states taking full responsibility for public school funding in return for a share of personal income taxation. >> Read on...

NAPLAN Report Shows Little Progress in Reducing Inequity in Education

Posted on Sunday April 10, 2016

The NAPLAN results for 2015 show little progress in reducing inequity in education. Large percentages of disadvantaged students do not achieve national standards and large achievement gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students continue. >> Read on...

Study Shows that Funding Increases for Disadvantaged Schools Boosts Results

Posted on Tuesday April 5, 2016

A new study shows that school finance reforms in the US led to larger increases in funding for low income school districts than for high income districts and that this increased the absolute and relative achievement of students in low income districts. >> Read on...

Can We Afford Gonski?

Posted on Thursday March 31, 2016

The full Gonski funding plan is easily affordable by reducing tax concessions for the wealthy and clamping down on corporate tax avoidance. We cannot afford not to invest in Gonski because it will bring significant social and economic benefits. >> Read on...

What My School Really Says About Our Schools

Posted on Tuesday March 29, 2016

A summary of a new report that shows that the increasing segregation between high and low SES schools is being driven by large funding increases for private schools. >> Read on...

School Myths Busted

Posted on Tuesday March 29, 2016

New research shows an increasing socio-educational hierarchy of schools as enrolments shift from from lower socio-educational advantage schools to higher socio-educational advantage schools. >> Read on...

Money can’t buy you love but can it buy you a better education?

Posted on Monday March 28, 2016

New academic analysis shows that public and private schools in Victoria with a similar socio-economic status student profile have very similar VCE results. However, public schools achieve these results with far less funding than the private schools. >> Read on...

NSW Government Agrees to Reform School Closure Procedures

Posted on Thursday March 24, 2016

The NSW Minister for Education has accepted the recommendations of a Parliamentary committee report to implement a genuine and transparent consultation approach on proposed school closures. >> Read on...

Victorian Catholic Education Commission Favours High SES Schools in Funding Allocations

Posted on Tuesday March 22, 2016

A report by the Auditor-General of Victoria shows that report shows that the Catholic Education Commission is directing state government funding away from the lower socio-economic status schools to schools with a higher socio-economic status. There is also evidence that Catholic education authorities are favouring high SES schools in re-allocating Commonwealth funding. >> Read on...

OECD Report Highlights Education Inequity in Australia

Posted on Monday February 29, 2016

A new OECD report highlights large inequities in education in Australia. It says that more resources and a multi-pronged approach are needed to address disadvantage in education. >> Read on...

Reversing the Flight to Private Schools Depends on Reforming Australia’s Incoherent and Unfair Funding System

Posted on Saturday February 20, 2016

The long-term enrolment shift to private schools has stopped in recent years. But, whether it will be sustained is uncertain given school funding trends that massively favour private schools. >> Read on...

Media Release: New Figures Show that Government Funding Has Massively Favoured Private Schools

Posted on Tuesday February 16, 2016

Updated school funding figures published today by Save Our Schools show that government funding per student in private schools has far outstripped that for public schools over the past 15 years and that increases in government funding for many elite private schools has far exceeded that for many disadvantaged public schools. >> Read on...

Australia’s Unfair School Funding System Must Be Overhauled

Posted on Monday February 15, 2016

Updated school funding figures show that government funding per student in private schools has increased much faster than for public schools. Funding increases for many elite private schools have far exceeded those for many disadvantaged public schools. >> Read on...

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...

NSW Parliament Committee Slams Education Department on School Closures

Posted on Monday October 26, 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 Wednesday October 21, 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 Sunday October 18, 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 Wednesday October 14, 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 Monday October 12, 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 Tuesday October 6, 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 Friday October 2, 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 Tuesday September 29, 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 Tuesday September 22, 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 Friday September 18, 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...

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