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More Years of Education Improves Health

Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2015

A new Australian study has shown that extending the years of education improves health outcomes. However, the prospects for increasing Year 12 completion rates have been set back by the refusal of the Abbott Government and several state governments to fully implement the Gonski funding plan. >> Read on...

Teachers Condemn Vic Labor Govt on School Funding

Posted on Monday March 16, 2015

The Victorian AEU has criticised the new Govt legislation which links private school funding to public school funding and called on the Vic Govt to fund the full six years of the Gonski funding plan. >> Read on...

Capital Expenditure in NSW Government Schools is an Election Issue

Posted on Friday March 6, 2015

The NSW Labor and Liberal/National parties should promise greater capital expenditure for government schools to the bring the quality of their physical infrastructure up to that of private schools. >> Read on...

Victorian Education Minister Fails in His Response to Criticism of Funding Guarantee for Private Schools

Posted on Thursday March 5, 2015

The claim of the Victorian Education Minister that Victorian Government funding of private schools is based on need is highly misleading, even disingenuous. >> Read on...

Victorian Govt Betrays Gonski Needs-Based Funding Principle

Posted on Tuesday March 3, 2015

The Victorian Labor Government has legislated to ensure that funding increases for public schools will automatically flow on in part to private schools without regard to need. It breaches the Gonski principle of funding according to need. >> Read on...

Massive Increases in Govt Funding for Private Schools

Posted on Monday February 16, 2015

New figures show that governments have massively favoured private schools with funding increases far above those for public schools. >> Read on...

Funding Increases Benefit Disadvantaged Students

Posted on Monday February 2, 2015

Increased school funding brings large improvements for low income students in high school graduation rates and educational attainment, wages, family income, and reductions in adult poverty according to a new study. >> Read on...

New Figures Show that Government Funding Increases Favour Private Schools

Posted on Thursday January 29, 2015

New figures show that government funding increases for Catholic and Independent schools have outstripped funding increases for public schools since 2009. >> Read on...

More Funding for Low Achieving Students Improves School Outcomes

Posted on Monday November 17, 2014

A new academic study shows that additional funding for low achieving students significantly increases schooling outcomes. It provides additional support for the full implementation of the Gonski funding plan. >> Read on...

OECD Says Australia is ‘Low Equity’ in Educational Resources

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

A new PISA in Focus published by the OECD shows that the gap in educational resources between advantaged and disadvantaged schools in Australia is the fifth largest in the OECD and one of the largest of all the 65 countries participating in PISA. >> Read on...

SOS Supplementary Submission on Low SES Funding Loadings

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

A supplementary submission by Save Our Schools to the Federal Government’s review of the low SES funding loadings says that the proposal by Independent Schools Victoria to remove the additional loadings for schools with greater concentrations of low SES students should be rejected. >> Read on...

Money Matters, Spend it Right

Posted on Wednesday October 15, 2014

Research shows that increased funding definitely improves student outcomes, especially for disadvantaged students. Claims by the Federal Minister for Education regarding large increases in funding over the past decade are incorrect. >> Read on...

Gonski Funding Will Future Proof Access to Quality Education

Posted on Sunday October 12, 2014

Gonski funding will provide significant learning opportunities for students most in need. >> Read on...

The Case for Gonski Plus Funding Loadings for Low SES Students

Posted on Wednesday October 1, 2014

An education research brief from SOS shows that the current Federal Government funding loadings for low SES students are far too low to be effective. >> Read on...

Review of Low SES Loadings Should be Public

Posted on Sunday September 21, 2014

Unpublished letter to The Australian criticizes the lack of transparency of the review of the low SES loadings. >> Read on...

The Debate is Over: Money Matters in Education

Posted on Friday August 1, 2014

An SOS research paper shows that the debate over whether money matters in education is over. Money does matter, especially for disadvantaged students. >> Read on...

Money Matters in Education

Posted on Sunday July 27, 2014

A comprehensive review of research studies on the relationship between school funding and student achievement shows that money matters in education, especially for disadvantaged students. >> Read on...

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...

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