The SOS submission to the School Funding Review says that the commissioned research papers provide the foundation for a new funding model to improve equity in education outcomes. However, there are omissions and flaws which should be corrected. The Review Committee should disregard the hysterical response of private school organisations.
A review of research studies on school size shows that small schools work. The review brings into question the Tasmanian Government’s claim that closing small schools will improve education outcomes.
The Tasmanian Greens Minister for Education, Nick McKim, has breached the Education Act by failing to publish impact statements on 20 schools in Tasmania earmarked for closure at the end of the year. The consultation on the closures is a sham and a farce.
The Prime Minister’s new teacher bonus scheme is yet another failed scheme of her ‘hero’, former New York City Schools Chancellor, Joel Klein. Research evidence shows that it is doomed to fail like Klein’s scheme.
Save Our Schools has called for a new funding model for government and private schools.
The latest international test results for the ACT are a condemnation of the education record of the Stanhope Government. The new PISA report shows that education quality is declining and inequity is increasing in the ACT.
Save Our Schools today called for a massive boost in funding for government schools in the light of the new PISA results released yesterday. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that the new results are a national disgrace.
Save Our Schools calls for like school comparisons on My School to be scrapped because of gaps in the data used to construct like school groups. As a result, so-called like school comparisons will be biased against low SES government and private schools.<
Media Release - 2 November 2010: Report Calls for Funding Boost to Government Schools to Reduce Education DisadvantagePosted on Tuesday November 2, 2010
A new report published today by the advocacy group Save Our Schools says that government schools are badly under-resourced in comparison to private schools to deal with education disadvantage.
The weight of research evidence is that teacher performance bonuses do not improve student results. Yet again, faith has ruled over evidence in the formulation of education policy.
Rewards for schools which most improve their results will encourage them to cheat and rort their results, poach high achieving students from each other and discriminate against other students.
Media Release, 17 May 2010: Rorting of School Results Will Continue on a Grander Scale Unless Gillard ActsPosted on Monday May 17, 2010
Save Our Schools has warned that the administrative guidelines for NAPLAN provide loopholes for schools to rort their results by excluding lower achieving students. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, called on the Federal Education Minister to shut the gate she has left open to fraud in reporting school results.
The security arrangements for the national literacy and numeracy tests are inadequate to stop schools cheating on their results. The stakes around the tests have increased but security for the tests has not been upgraded. Save Our Schools has called for a review of security for NAPLAN to stop schools cheating.
The school funding review announced by Julia Gillard is compromised by a major conflict of interest. The review is headed up by the chairman of the wealthy Sydney Grammar School which receives over $3.5 million in Commonwealth funding and has over double the resources of government schools.
The ACT Education Minister has fiddled the figures yet again in claiming that school closures have delivered an increase in government school enrolments in Canberra. The facts show that government school enrolments have declined across the board since 2006.
Save Our Schools, has written to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) calling on it to invite public submissions on the adverse consequences of My School.
A study published today by Save Our Schools, a public education advocacy group, calls for a full independent public inquiry into ‘like school’ comparisons on the My School website.
The Save Our Schools public education advocacy group today accused the Prime Minister and the Federal Education Minister of hypocrisy and duplicity about reporting school results.
Media Release January 19, 2010 - Boycott is the Only Answer to Gillard’s Intransigence on League TablesPosted on Wednesday January 20, 2010
Save Our Schools today called on parents to support the planned teachers’ boycott of the national literacy and numeracy tests this year.
The ACT Government’s response to the recommendations from the Assembly Inquiry into school closures is grossly inadequate and as misleading and dishonest as the initial school closure process.
Tharwa, Flynn and Cook parents and citizen associations (P&Cs) today called on the Labor, Liberal and Green Members of the Legislative Assembly to support a motion to re-open Primary Schools in Tharwa, Hall, Flynn and Cook. Hall P&C also welcome moves to re-open schools.
Save Our Schools today called on the ACT Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, to resign because he misused research evidence in his decisions to close schools.
The Chief Minister’s announcement that his Government will consider re-locating the Islamic School to the CIT site at Weston has highlighted several policy contradictions. <
A study released by Save Our Schools, a public education advocacy group, shows that school comparisons for local areas to be released by the Federal Government later this year will pit rich schools against poor. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, called on the Federal Education Minister to ditch the publication of school comparisons in local areas.
A proposed new league table of Australian schools has exposed government assurances on the issue as hollow, Save Our Schools said today. <
Save Our Schools has accused the Federal Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, of deceiving the Australian public about the introduction of school league tables. <
The public education advocacy group Save Our Schools has accused the Rudd Government of turning classrooms into test preparation factories.
Save Our Schools today accused the Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, of breaching the ACT Education Act in the consultation over Urambi Primary School.
The consultation over Urambi Primary School is an unmitigated farce.
A policy brief issued today by the public education advocacy group, Save Our Schools, claims that the new national education goals promulgated at the end of 2008 are fatally contradictory and fail on equity.