A new study shows that public primary schools perform as well as Independent schools in NAPLAN tests and do better than Catholic schools
Reversing the Flight to Private Schools Depends on Reforming Australia’s Incoherent and Unfair Funding SystemPosted on Saturday February 20, 2016
The long-term enrolment shift to private schools has stopped in recent years. But, whether it will be sustained is uncertain given school funding trends that massively favour private schools.
A new paper by Professor Alan Reid shows that Australian education is not equitable with large achievement gaps between rich and poor. Education policy over the last 40 years has exacerbated inequity.
A Victorian public school has been charging an enrolment fee to parents. Many public schools in Victoria are charging for items that should be provided free. It raises the issue of how many public schools in other states are charging for items that should be free.
Senate Estimates hearings reveal that the Victorian Government has agreed to support Tony Abbott’s pet project for two US style P-TECH schools in Ballarat and Geelong.
The introduction of P-TECH schools is proceeding without any evidence that they work and without any open discussion of their implications for the curriculum, how public schools are governed and how education is delivered in the classroom. They should be publicly scrutinized before being implemented.
A review of nearly 30 studies published in the last 15 years shows that public schools achieve similar outcomes to Catholic and Independent schools across a range of education indicators.
Study says that ethnically diverse schools make for a more socially tolerant and inclusive society.
UN expert calls on governments to oppose privatising basic education and to strengthen their public systems to ensure free, quality, basic education for all.
The Victorian Auditor-General has found that parents in public schools are being charged for items and activities that should be free.
A new research paper from Save Our Schools shows that the often-presumed superior test results of private schools compared to public schools is a myth. Public, Catholic and Independent schools with a similar socio-economic composition have very similar results in nearly all states.
A new academic study shows that private schools are no better than public schools after taking account of the socio-economic background of students and schools. This is the fourth study in the last year to show no difference between public and private schools.
The proposal for means-tested fees in government schools is a threat to the goals of public education. It would compound inequity in education by restricting access to high quality education to those who can pay. It would undermine social cohesion and tolerance by encouraging greater social segregation in schools.
A Melbourne University study that claims that Catholic and other private school students have better non-cognitive skills than government school students is mistaken. Research studies suggests the reverse.
A Los Angeles parent pays homage to public education and its role in building social cohesion.<
A new network for public education has been announced in the United States to fight against high stakes testing and the privatisation of public education and to connect grassroots activists from communities across the country.
Parents in government schools in South Australia are being issued with warrants for non-payment of fees while private school parents get special handouts.
Joe Hockey’s recent age of entitlement speech raises the question of whether the Coalition is planning means tested fees for government schools. He called for an end to universal free government services. The Coalition should clarify whether it supports free public education.
Pasi Sahlberg answers key questions about public education in Finland.
The introduction of fees in government schools would make education subject to capacity to pay and restrict access to education. It would lead to greater privilege, inequity and social segregation in education. It would further privatise the funding and provision of education.
Private schools want to abolish free public education.
Public schools are a fundamental feature of a democratic society.
The Victorian Government recently launched a new foundation to make it easier for businesses to make financial donations to government schools. It is a small beginning, but the US experience shows it can grow into control over public education policy by wealthy private foundations.