SOS submission to national education ministers’ council calls for an end to the corruption of private school funding.
Education disadvantage is the forgotten issue in the ACT election campaign despite its importance to the Territory’s social well-being and economic prosperity
Updated school funding figures published today by Save Our Schools show that government funding per student in private schools has far outstripped that for public schools over the past 15 years and that increases in government funding for many elite private schools has far exceeded that for many disadvantaged public schools.
SOS analysis shows that the Federal Government could easily fund the last two years of the Gonski plan.
New OECD brief shows dramatic improvement in Year 12 completion in Australia in the last 30 years, but there is room for further improvement. Completing school increases employment prospects and future earnings.
Save Our Schools today called for public consultation and scrutiny of the P-TECH schools proposed for Ballarat and Geelong and sponsored by the giant IT multinational IBM.
The Andrews Government has a “unity ticket” with the Abbot Government to refuse to fund the last two years of the Gonski plan. It will have a devastating effect on schools in Victoria, especially public schools.
A new analysis of school NAPLAN test results published by Save Our Schools shows that the results in public schools are just as good as those in private schools.
A proposal by Independent Schools Victoria to remove additional funding for highly disadvantaged schools is hypocritical, disingenuous and indefensible. It ignores a corpus of research evidence that supports more funding for disadvantaged schools.
Media Release:Uninvited Submission Calls for Gonski Plus Funding Loadings for Disadvantaged StudentsPosted on Thursday October 2, 2014
An uninvited submission from Save Our Schools to the Federal Government’s selective consultation on the Gonski funding loadings for disadvantaged students has called for the loadings to be increased.
The Federal Government has confirmed that its review of the low SES funding loadings is not open to the public and is confined to selected invitees. The review is considering whether the loadings should be changed.
The secrecy and biased representation of private schools in the Government’s consultation on low SES funding loadings is a threat to the future funding of low SES students and schools.
SOS has called on ALP and Green Senators to establish a Senate inquiry into the national curriculum. SOS believes this will provide a better chance for a thorough and balanced review than one conducted by partisan critics.
Media Release: PISA Test Results Prove that Increased Funding Should be Allocated to Disadvantaged Students and SchoolsPosted on Thursday December 5, 2013
The new PISA international test results highlight the need for a new funding scheme that directs more money to disadvantaged schools and students.
Official figures show that the registration of private schools in the ACT is now being decided by a “club” of private school interests. Regulations requiring registration panels to be independent are being ignored by the Minister for Education.
Education Minister Should be Sacked for Turning the Approval Process for New Private Schools into a ShamblesPosted on Tuesday May 14, 2013
Save Our Schools has called on the ACT Chief Minister to sack her Education Minister and overhaul the approval process for new private schools in Canberra because the Education Minister has turned the approval process into a shambles.
There is a conspiracy of silence amongst education authorities about the right of parents to withdraw their children from the NAPLAN tests which begin Tuesday.
The ACT Minister for Education gave secret approval last December for three new private schools in Canberra. A new private school in north-west Belconnen will draw enrolments from existing schools in Belconnen, add to excess capacity and threaten the future of some schools
The head of ACARA is incorrect in claiming that Australia is avoiding the US-style consequences of high stakes testing accountability. Australia is introducing payments to governments, schools and teachers based on test results which create incentives to cheat, rig results and narrow the curriculum.
SOS says that it is outrageous that the Independent Schools Council of Australia, representing the wealthiest schools in Australia, gets to negotiate the funding loadings for disadvantaged students while representatives of government schools are excluded from negotiations. Government schools enrol the vast majority of disadvantaged students.
Save Our Schools says that school autonomy will undermine the spread of best practice teaching and learning between schools. It calls for more government support for collaboration between schools to counter the incentives created by school autonomy
A research paper by Save Our Schools shows that ACT school results have fallen since 2001 and that achievement gaps between the top and bottom students are amongst the largest of all developed countries.
Save Our Schools has called on the Federal Government to restrict future funding increases for wealthier private schools. The commitments announced by the Prime Minister are likely to increase funding for higher SES private schools by nearly $2 billion. This increase will reduce the Gonski funding pool for low SES government and private schools.
A review of research studies on school autonomy in several countries published by Save Our Schools says that there is little evidence to support the claim of the Federal and NSW Governments that it will increase student achievement.
Two Canberra private schools are exploiting a funding loophole in the SES funding model to gain $2.4 million a year in additional funding by establishing new campuses of existing schools rather than new stand alone schools.<
A national assessment of the impact of NAPLAN should be re-commissioned by the national education ministers’ council. Reported statements by ACARA officials today dismissing claims about excessive test practice and narrowing of the curriculum show that it is incapable of doing a balanced assessment.<
NAPLAN is having a pernicious effect on schooling. It is distorting teaching practice, reducing creativity and fun of learning, denying students in-depth learning experiences and sidelining other key subjects such as science, history, languages and the arts for much of first semester.<
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority and other education authorities are failing to inform parents that NAPLAN tests are not compulsory and that they can withdraw their children from the tests. Many teachers and principals are also unaware that the tests are not compulsory.
Virtually all high income Catholic schools are over-funded. An SOS research paper shows that the claims of Catholic education authorities that they re-distribute funds from high income to low income Catholic schools are misleading and untrue in many cases.
A research report published by Save Our Schools finds that two voucher models of school funding proposed to the Gonski Review would deliver billions of dollars in additional funding for private schools and no increases for government schools. The largest increases will go to the wealthiest private schools. <