Fighting for Equity in Education

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Gonski Panel Member Outlines a Future Agenda for Gonksi Funding

Posted on Thursday July 3, 2014

Gonski panel member, Ken Boston, calls for more action to implement the Gonski funding model. >> Read on...

Kevin Andrews Exposes Pyne’s Hypocrisy on Gonski

Posted on Friday June 13, 2014

Social Services Minister, Kevin Andrews, has exposed Christopher Pyne’s rejection of conditions on Federal school funding for the states as an opportunistic way to subvert the Gonski funding plan. >> Read on...

School Money Wars

Posted on Tuesday June 10, 2014

Government funding of schools has only increased by 1.3 per cent a year in real terms over the last decade. This is three times less than the figure claimed by the Federal Minister for Education and the National Commission of Audit report. >> Read on...

Wealthy Private Schools Walk Away from Pyne's Train Wreck With Millions in Over-funding

Posted on Monday June 9, 2014

Analysis by NSW Greens MP, Dr. John Kaye, shows that wealthy NSW private schools will continue to reap millions in over-funding while government schools will lose about $851 million from the axing of the Gonski funding model by the Federal Government. >> Read on...

Gonski Panel Member Refutes Criticisms of Needs-based Funding Plan

Posted on Monday June 9, 2014

Gonksi panel member, Ken Boston, has comprehensively refuted criticism of the needs-based funding plan recommended by the report. >> Read on...

Taxation Reform to Fund Growth and Social Spending

Posted on Monday June 2, 2014

The National Commission of Audit focused on cutting expenditure and failed to consider revenue raising options to fund the Gonski school funding plan and other social investment. A white paper by Nobel prize winner in economics, Joe Stiglitz, investigates options to raise revenue. This should be part of our national discussion. >> Read on...

Gonski on Gonski

Posted on Monday May 26, 2014

The chairman of the Gonski school funding review has criticized the Commission of Audit recommendation to Government that his funding plan be abandoned. >> Read on...

Research Study Shows that Increased Funding Delivers Better Outcomes for Low Income Students

Posted on Tuesday May 20, 2014

A new study shows that increased school funding improves school outcomes for disadvantaged students, increases their adult earnings and reduces adult poverty. >> Read on...

Abbott Govt Turns its Back on Public Schools and Disadvantaged Students

Posted on Thursday May 15, 2014

The Federal Budget is a disaster for public education in Australia. It has killed off the Gonski school funding increases for 2017-18 and 2018-19. Public schools stand to over $6 billion as a result. >> Read on...

Shorten Re-affirms Labor’s Commitment to the Full Gonski

Posted on Wednesday April 2, 2014

Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, has given an unequivocal commitment to the final two years of Gonski funding. This shifts the microscope to the May Budget to see whether the Coalition Government supports an increase in school funding into the fifth year of the Gonski plan.< >> Read on...

Is This the End of Gonksi?

Posted on Tuesday April 1, 2014

There appears to be a new unity ticket between Labor and the Coalition on the Gonski school funding. Labor is having second thoughts about supporting the full Gonski. >> Read on...

Gonksi Panel Member Slams Labor’s Ineptitude on Gonski Funding

Posted on Tuesday March 25, 2014

Gonski panel member, Ken Boston, has slammed the Labor Party for failing on the politics of delivering the full Gonski school funding model. >> Read on...

Federal Officials Confirm the Coalition’s Sabotage of Gonski

Posted on Wednesday March 12, 2014

At Senate Estimates hearings last month officials from the Federal Department of Education confirmed the Government’s sabotage of the Gonski funding model. >> Read on...

Pyne’s Opportunistic Support of States’ Rights Has Sabotaged Gonski

Posted on Tuesday February 25, 2014

Christopher Pyne has opportunistically grasped states’ rights to sabotage the Gonski funding plan by not requiring state governments to increase education funding. Yet, the Government is keeping conditions attached to other specific purpose payments to the states. >> Read on...

The Coalition Has Sabotaged Gonksi

Posted on Tuesday January 21, 2014

The Coalition has sabotaged the Gonksi funding plan. It has guaranteed funding increases for private schools but not for government schools. >> Read on...

Gonksi Report and Related Documents

Posted on Tuesday December 24, 2013

The Gonski review report and documents removed from the website of the Federal Department of Education are available here. >> Read on...

Gonski Documents Expunged from the Public Record

Posted on Tuesday December 24, 2013

In an extraordinary move, the Gonski report and related documents have been removed from the website of the Federal Department of Education. It is an indication of how opposed Christopher Pyne is to the Gonski funding model. >> Read on...

The New School Funding Plan

Posted on Saturday July 20, 2013

An overview of the new National Plan for School Improvement. >> Read on...

More Evidence that Money Matters in Education

Posted on Friday July 5, 2013

A new review of research studies on the relationship between expenditure on schools and education outcomes has added to the weight of evidence supporting the Gonski funding model. Numerous international studies conducted since the early 2000s show a positive impact of increased expenditure in schools, especially for disadvantaged students. >> Read on...

Gonski is on the Right Track – Money Does Matter for Disadvantaged Students

Posted on Monday June 17, 2013

The Gonski funding model is on the right track in boosting funding for under-resourced schools and disadvantaged students. The refusal of the Victorian, Queensland, Western Australian and Northern Territory governments to sign on to Gonski will deprive low income, Indigenous and remote area students of the chance to improve their results. >> Read on...

Studies Show that Money Does Matter

Posted on Monday June 17, 2013

A research review has found that money does matter in education. Increasing school funding improves student results and that more targeted spending benefits students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Gonski is on the right track. >> Read on...

The Gillard School Funding Plan is a Watershed But is Not the Full Gonski

Posted on Tuesday June 11, 2013

The Gillard school funding plan is a potential watershed for school funding in Australia. It breaks new ground with its focus on increasing equity in education. However, it is not the full Gonski. >> Read on...

The OECD Endorses Gonski

Posted on Monday April 29, 2013

The OECD has endorsed the findings of the Gonksi report on school funding that the current system lacks coherence and transparency and that reducing inequities in education is a key policy challenge for Australia. >> Read on...

The Economic Case for Gonski

Posted on Wednesday April 24, 2013

The economic case for the $6.5 billion investment in disadvantaged schools and students recommended by the Gonski review of school funding is just as compelling as the equity and social justice case. >> Read on...

New School Funding Model Should Include Big Loadings for Disadvantaged Students

Posted on Thursday March 21, 2013

The national partnerships on literacy and numeracy and low SES schools have not increased student results to any significant extent. The reason is that the funding per student is very small. The funding loadings for disadvantaged students under the new school funding model will have to be large to make a sustainable difference to school outcomes for these students. >> Read on...

Private Schools to Triple-Dip Under Baillieu Plan

Posted on Monday March 4, 2013

Private schools around Australia and in Victoria would get a hidden windfall gain of up to $90 million a year from the Baillieu funding plan. A funding system that allows private schools to triple-dip on the taxpayer is an outrage and must be replaced. >> Read on...

The Economics of Gonski

Posted on Tuesday February 19, 2013

There is a compelling economic case for increasing funding for disadvantaged schools as recommended by the Gonski review of school funding. Low student achievement and school completion rates impose high economic costs. >> Read on...

The Federal Govt. Should End the Secrecy on its School Funding Model

Posted on Monday December 3, 2012

The Federal Government should end the secrecy on its preferred school funding model. The secret negotiations with state governments and private schools should be opened up to include government school organisations and the public. < >> Read on...

O’Farrell Refuses to Budge on School Funding Cuts

Posted on Saturday November 24, 2012

NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell, has rebuffed a call by an unprecendented coalition of government and private school organisations to reverse the plan to cut $1.7 billion from the NSW education budget over the next four years. >> Read on...

The Real Class War on Display

Posted on Saturday August 25, 2012

The real class war in education was on show this week as political leaders scurried to appease the rich and powerful. The Prime Minister effectively gave another $1.5 billion to better-off private schools while the Leader of the Opposition simply promised more. This extra funding for the well-off would be much better spent on disadvantaged government and private schools. >> Read on...



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