Fighting for Equity in Education

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Catholic Education Commission Puts up a Smokescreen on School Funding

Posted on Monday July 6, 2015

The National Catholic Education Commission has set a smokescreen of misleading data to divert attention from the impact of discriminatory government funding policies that favour private schools over public schools. >> Read on...

Media Release: Funding for Public Schools Down, Funding for Private Schools Up

Posted on Sunday July 5, 2015

New figures show that, adjusted for inflation, government funding for private schools has increased since 2009, while funding for public schools has been cut. >> Read on...

Federal Education Dept Befuddled by Pyne’s Funding Increase Claims

Posted on Monday June 15, 2015

Federal Department of Education and Training officials are befuddled by Christopher Pyne’s often repeated claim that school funding has increased by 40% in the last 10 years. It has only increased by 5.6% or 0.6% a year. >> Read on...

Federal Budget Perspective: A Reduced Future

Posted on Sunday June 14, 2015

Federal Budget ignored the needs of disadvantaged students. >> Read on...

NSW Upper House Slams Federal Coalition’s Refusal to Fully Fund Gonksi

Posted on Wednesday May 27, 2015

The NSW Legislative Council has unanimously condemned the Abbott Government’s refusal to fund the full six years of the Gonski funding plan. >> Read on...

OECD Report Shows That Refusing to Fund Gonski is Short-Sighted

Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2015

The findings of a new OECD report show that the refusal of the Federal Government and several state governments to fully fund Gonksi will mean lower economic growth over the next 80 years. >> Read on...

More Years of Education Improves Health

Posted on Monday April 27, 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 Sunday March 15, 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 Thursday March 5, 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 Wednesday March 4, 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 Monday March 2, 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 Sunday February 15, 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 Sunday February 1, 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 Wednesday January 28, 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 Sunday November 16, 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 Monday October 20, 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 Tuesday October 14, 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 Saturday October 11, 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 Saturday September 20, 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 Thursday July 31, 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 Thursday June 12, 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 Sunday June 8, 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 Sunday May 25, 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 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...

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