Fighting for Equity in Education

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

Posted on Tuesday April 1, 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 Monday March 31, 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 Monday December 23, 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 Monday December 23, 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 Friday July 19, 2013

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

More Evidence that Money Matters in Education

Posted on Thursday July 4, 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 Tuesday April 23, 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 Wednesday March 20, 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 Monday February 18, 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 Friday August 24, 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...

Is Gillard Preparing to Dump Gonski?

Posted on Thursday July 12, 2012

There are disturbing signs that the Gillard Government is preparing to dump the Gonski report and blame Coalition state governments for its failure to act on the report. >> Read on...

School Kids Bonus is Money for Anything But Education

Posted on Tuesday May 8, 2012

The Government’s new school kids bonus grant to families to replace the tax rebate on education expenses is an education payment in name only. It can be spent on anything. It would be much better spent on lifting the education outcomes of disadvantaged students. >> Read on...

High SES Catholic Schools are Over-Funded

Posted on Thursday April 5, 2012

A new research paper published by Save Our Schools shows that virtually all high SES Catholic combined and secondary schools in Australia are over-funded. This over-funding should be diverted to better support disadvantaged schools and students. >> Read on...

Gillard Should Go it Alone on Gonski

Posted on Wednesday February 29, 2012

Government schools are vulnerable to getting nothing out of the Gonski review because of federal/state wrangling while private schools get massive over-funding guaranteed for another five years. The Gillard Government should go it alone and increase funding for government schools. >> Read on...

Just How Independent was the Gonski Review?

Posted on Saturday February 25, 2012

A puzzling aspect of the Gonski review of school funding is that the Government’s policy that no school would lose a dollar of funding as a result of the review is not in the terms of reference of the inquiry. It raises the question of whether the review went beyond its terms of reference in following this policy.< >> Read on...

Gillard Turns Her Back on the Disadvantaged

Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2012

The Gillard Government has turned its back on disadvantaged students by refusing to commit to the funding increase recommended by the Gonski report which would primarily benefit government schools. A new “no losers” guarantee incorporated in the model may mean that many private schools get a funding increase to put them in line with the so-called funding maintained schools. >> Read on...

Gonski Review Should Terminate Funding Bonanza for the Wealthy

Posted on Wednesday February 15, 2012

In 2011, 20 primary and secondary schools in high income Melbourne suburbs were over-funded by $43 million. Total Federal Government funding for these schools was nearly double what they were entitled to under the SES scheme. The scheme should be terminated and replaced by one designed to reduce disadvantage in education. >> Read on...

It is Government Schools Which Are Under-Funded, Not Private Schools

Posted on Monday February 6, 2012

Claims that Catholic schools are under-funded in comparison with government schools are simplistic and misleading. It is government schools which are under-funded because they do the heavy lifting in education. They enrol the vast majority of low income, Indigenous, remote area and disability students. >> Read on...

Fee Increases Outstrip Cost Increases in Elite Private Schools in Queensland

Posted on Thursday January 19, 2012

School fees in Queensland’s elite private schools have increased by nearly 6% in 2012, well over cost increases of 3.9%. Eleven elite schools will get $57 million in Federal Government funding in 2012. >> Read on...

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