Fighting for Equity in Education

The struggle is long but hope is longer

No Academic Benefit to Attending Partially Selective Schools

Posted on Friday March 31, 2017

A new study shows that partially selective schools are no better in terms of student results than non-selective schools and they are worse on some measures. >> Read on...

Dreaming the Impossible Dream

Posted on Wednesday March 15, 2017

A school principal looks to a new era of senior secondary schooling that provides a broader base for student engagement and success to replace the free enterprise model of education. >> Read on...

Private School Vouchers Fail the Test

Posted on Sunday March 12, 2017

A new review of voucher programs in private schools has found that they have failed to make any significant improvements in student achievement, but add to the risks of increasing social segregation and the loss of a common, secular educational experience. >> Read on...

School Choice Has Failed

Posted on Thursday March 2, 2017

Leading US expert says that where school choice has been implemented around the world it has failed to increase student achievement. Instead, it has led to increased social segregation of students. >> Read on...

School Autonomy in England Fails to ‘Unleash Greatness’

Posted on Sunday November 13, 2016

A comprehensive review of the experience with school autonomy in England has found little evidence of improvement amongst disadvantaged schools and that it weakens local communities. >> Read on...

No Success for Independent Public Schools

Posted on Wednesday August 17, 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...

School Myths Busted

Posted on Monday March 28, 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 Sunday March 27, 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Massive Fraud and Waste in US Charter Schools

Posted on Friday May 1, 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...

Academic Study Shows that Private Primary Schools Perform no Better than Public Schools

Posted on Monday April 13, 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 Thursday April 9, 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...

School Autonomy Allows Schools to Fall Through the Gap

Posted on Thursday February 5, 2015

A second report by the UK House of Commons says that school autonomy in England is letting schools fall through the gap. >> Read on...

No Evidence that Independent Public Schools in England Raise Standards

Posted on Wednesday February 4, 2015

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. >> Read on...

What Do Parents Get for a Costly Private School Education?

Posted on Monday January 26, 2015

Parents paying up to $500,000 to put their children through private schools do not get better educational outcomes. >> Read on...

Charter Schools’ Promise Unfulfilled

Posted on Wednesday January 14, 2015

A new charter school study shows that independent public schools do not deliver on their promise of higher student achievement. >> Read on...

“Markets Don’t Work in Education” Shockwave

Posted on Sunday December 14, 2014

Markets in education don’t work according to a leading US research economist responsible for many studies on charter schools. >> Read on...

Education Policy is Based on Myths According to Leading Academic

Posted on Monday November 3, 2014

A leading education academic says that education policy in Australia is based on myths. >> Read on...

UN Report Condemns Privatisation of Education

Posted on Thursday October 30, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Education Chief Says Market-Based Policies are Ineffective

Posted on Wednesday October 29, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Claimed Advantage for Disadvantaged Students in Charter Schools is Much Ado About Nothing

Posted on Wednesday October 8, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Victorian Report on School Autonomy is Intellectually Bankrupt

Posted on Tuesday September 23, 2014

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. >> Read on...

OECD Says That Competition in Education Has Failed

Posted on Tuesday September 2, 2014

The OECD says that more competition between schools has failed to improve student results and has increased social segregation between students. >> Read on...

Independent Public Schools in England are More Socially Selective

Posted on Wednesday August 13, 2014

Free schools in England add to social segregation between schools because they take fewer poor children than other local schools. >> Read on...

Public Schools Do As Well as Catholic and Independent Schools

Posted on Friday August 8, 2014

New research has found that Catholic and Independent schools achieve no better results than public schools after taking account of student background characteristics. >> Read on...

The Evidence Does Not “Stack-up” for Independent Public Schools

Posted on Sunday August 3, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Chile’s Failed Free Market Education System Faces Overhaul

Posted on Wednesday July 23, 2014

Chile’s notoriously inequitable free market education system established under the Pinochet dictatorship is being overhauled to provide a comprehensive free education system. >> Read on...

School Autonomy in Austria Has Developed a Status Hierarchy of Schools

Posted on Sunday July 20, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Wealthy Philanthropic Foundations are Undermining Public Education in the US

Posted on Wednesday June 18, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Markets are Ineffective in Education and Create Social Inequalities

Posted on Sunday June 15, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Is there “evidence that independent public schools lift student performance”?

Posted on Wednesday June 4, 2014

The evidence presented to the Senate Education Committee by the Federal Department of Education to support Independent Public Schools fails to sustain its case. >> Read on...

Pyne’s School Autonomy Myth

Posted on Thursday April 10, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Questioning The Role of Philanthropy in Education

Posted on Thursday April 3, 2014

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. >> Read on...

OECD Contradicts Pyne’s Claim on School Autonomy Success

Posted on Friday March 28, 2014

Christopher Pyne’s claim about the success of school autonomy in increasing student achievement has been contradicted again by another OECD report. >> Read on...

Another Study Shows that School Autonomy Does Not Increase Student Achievement

Posted on Sunday March 16, 2014

An evaluation of a school autonomy program in Chicago shows that increased autonomy for school principals over budgets and other school operations had no impact on reading and mathematics achievement. >> Read on...

Public Schools in the Top Performing Countries Have Little Autonomy in Budgeting and Staffing

Posted on Sunday March 2, 2014

An OECD report on PISA 2012 shows that public schools in the top performing countries generally have little autonomy in budgeting and staffing but considerable autonomy over curriculum and assessment. >> Read on...

More Untruths by Pyne on Independent Public Schools

Posted on Thursday February 6, 2014

The Federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, is either incapable of getting his facts straight or he is deliberately misleading the public about his plan for independent public schools. >> Read on...

More Deceit by Pyne on Independent Public Schools

Posted on Wednesday February 5, 2014

Christopher Pyne’s deceit about the evidence on the effect of independent public schools on student achievement has been further exposed. >> Read on...

Pyne Misleads the Public on School Autonomy Yet Again

Posted on Monday February 3, 2014

Christopher Pyne has misled the public yet again about the facts on the effects of school autonomy. The evidence he cites is highly selective and misleading and completely ignores the latest evidence from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). >> Read on...

PISA Results Show that Competition is not the Answer to Improving School Performance

Posted on Sunday January 5, 2014

PISA results provide strong evidence that competition between schools and the presence of private schools does not lead to higher student achievement. >> Read on...

Pyne Misled Parliament on School Autonomy Evidence

Posted on Tuesday December 10, 2013

The Federal Education Minister misled the Parliament last week in claiming that school autonomy in staffing and budgeting increases student outcomes. He demonstrated a cavalier disregard of the evidence on school autonomy. >> Read on...

Bureaucrats in Nowhere Land on School Autonomy

Posted on Wednesday November 27, 2013

In Senate Estimates last week Greens Senator, Penny Wright, exposed the ignorance of Federal Education Department officials about research evidence showing that school autonomy over budgets and staffing has little to no effect on education outcomes. >> Read on...

Pyne Misleads on School Autonomy Results

Posted on Tuesday November 19, 2013

Christopher Pyne has used highly selective and misleading evidence to support his claim that greater school autonomy for independent public schools will improve school outcomes. The overwhelming evidence indicates he is mistaken in his claim. >> Read on...

Private Schools Are No Better Than Public Schools

Posted on Sunday November 17, 2013

Christopher Pyne’s agenda to make government schools more like private schools is under challenge before it has got off the ground. A new education research brief from Save Our Schools shows that private schools do not achieve better results than public schools. >> Read on...

New US Studies Show that Public Schools do Better than Private Schools

Posted on Sunday November 17, 2013

Two new US studies also show that results in private schools are no better than in public schools, and may be worse. They add to the evidence from new Australian studies that making public schools more like private schools is not the answer to improving school education. >> Read on...

Reports Concede the Lack of Evidence for School Autonomy

Posted on Monday August 12, 2013

The lack of evidence that school autonomy leads to increased student outcomes is increasingly conceded by reports and some commentators in Australia. >> Read on...

School Autonomy Has Created a Privileged Set of Schools in WA

Posted on Monday August 5, 2013

Christopher Pyne wants to extend the “independent public schools” model in WA to other states. Principals in low SES schools in WA say that it creates a priviliged set of schools while low SES schools struggle to attract and retain high quality teachers. >> Read on...

Charter Schools Do No Better Than Other Public Schools

Posted on Sunday July 14, 2013

A new study of charter schools in the US – independent public schools – has found that they do no better than traditional public schools. The greater school autonomy granted to charter schools had little effect on student achievement over time. >> Read on...

The Blueberry Story: The Teacher Gives the Businessman a Lesson

Posted on Wednesday July 10, 2013

A story about how schools are not businesses and should not be run as businesses as advocates of markets in education would have it. >> Read on...

Independent Public Schools Fail to Increase Student Achievement, but Increase Social Segregation

Posted on Sunday July 7, 2013

A review of independent public schools in Western Australia has found that they have not increased student achievement but could be developing a two-tiered education system in the state. >> Read on...

Report Reveals that School Autonomy is not Working in WA

Posted on Thursday June 20, 2013

An independent report shows that principals in Western Australia have not been given the resources to match their increased responsibilities under school autonomy while central and district office support services have been withdrawn. It says the lack of system support threatens the achievement of improved student outcomes. >> Read on...

Growing Resistance to Market-Based Education in the US

Posted on Monday May 27, 2013

There is a growing rebellion by teachers and parents in the United States against market-based education policies that are resulting in resource deprivation in public schools, inequity, public disempowerment and the widespread perception that governing policies are driven by corruption.< >> Read on...

New Study Shows that School Autonomy Increases the Gap Between Top and Bottom Students

Posted on Thursday May 23, 2013

A new study has found that school autonomy widens the gap between the top and bottom achieving students. It adds to the weight of evidence that increasing school autonomy does not work. < >> Read on...

Senate Education Committee Rebuffs Govt & Coalition on School Autonomy

Posted on Thursday May 16, 2013

The Senate education committee has delivered a major rebuff to the Federal Government and the Coalition on school autonomy. It says that there is no clear evidence that greater school autonomy leads to better student performance. >> Read on...

Market-Based Education Policies in the US Have Failed to Increase Student Results

Posted on Thursday April 25, 2013

A review of market-based education “reforms” in the United States has found that they have not delivered the success promised. >> Read on...

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