The much-heralded Louisiana school voucher program is another free market failure.
A new research brief finds that school choice is no guarantee of better student results.
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.
Allowing for-profit schools in Australia would be a huge mistake. They have a very bad record overseas.
A new report finds that academy schools (which are an English version of independent public schools) perform no better than traditional public schools.
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.
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.
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.
A second report by the UK House of Commons says that school autonomy in England is letting schools fall through the gap.
A UK House of Commons report on academy schools, England’s version of independent public schools, says there is no evidence that they improve school results.
Parents paying up to $500,000 to put their children through private schools do not get better educational outcomes.
A new charter school study shows that independent public schools do not deliver on their promise of higher student achievement.
Markets in education don’t work according to a leading US research economist responsible for many studies on charter schools.
A leading education academic says that education policy in Australia is based on myths.
A report to the UN General Assembly warns that the rapid expansion of private education is increasingly replacing public education and exacerbating inequalities in societies.
The head of Australia’s leading education research body, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), has questioned the effectiveness of teacher and school incentives as a school improvement strategy.
The evidence for Jennifer Buckingham’s claim that the expansion of Independent Public Schools will benefit students who have the most to gain does not stack up.
The Victorian Competition and Efficiency report on school autonomy says that research studies show that the effect of school autonomy on school results is inconclusive. However, the Commission rejects is own finding and recommends increasing school autonomy.
The OECD says that more competition between schools has failed to improve student results and has increased social segregation between students.
Free schools in England add to social segregation between schools because they take fewer poor children than other local schools.
New research has found that Catholic and Independent schools achieve no better results than public schools after taking account of student background characteristics.
Professor Alan Reid has demolished the case for independent public schools. He says that the concept of independent public schools is an oxymoron and the evidence that they improve student outcomes does not stack-up.
Chile’s notoriously inequitable free market education system established under the Pinochet dictatorship is being overhauled to provide a comprehensive free education system.
A study of school autonomy in Austria found that it has resulted in more competition between schools, created greater opportunities for student selection by favoured schools and led to more social differentiation between schools.
A new study shows that wealthy philanthropic education foundations in the US have a major influence over national and state education policy and are using that influence to undermine public education.
A new study has found that competition between schools and greater school autonomy do not increase student achievement. More competition also tends to increase social inequalities in school results.
The evidence presented to the Senate Education Committee by the Federal Department of Education to support Independent Public Schools fails to sustain its case.
A review of the research evidence on school autonomy contradicts the claims by Christopher Pyne that more school autonomy over decisions on budgeting and staffing lifts student achievement. It shows that school autonomy in these areas has little to no effect on student results.
Philanthropic foundations have enormous influence over education policy in the United States. They have invested billions of dollars in market-based policies such as charter schools, performance pay and vouchers.