Fighting for Equity in Education

The struggle is long but hope is longer

Study Finds that School SES has a Strong Impact on Student Achievement

Posted on Wednesday July 1, 2015

A new study shows that the socio-economic composition of schools has a large effect on student achievement. It contradicts claims that school socio-economic composition is irrelevant for student achievement. >> Read on...

Victorian Education Corruption Scandal: Our Children Deserve Much Better

Posted on Sunday June 21, 2015

A Victorian school principal speaks out on the school corruption scandal. Despite Victoria have a highly devolved school system, principals and school business managers receive little training in school financial management. >> Read on...

Vic Govt Agrees to Support P-TECH Schools

Posted on Thursday June 18, 2015

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. >> Read on...

Federal Education Dept Befuddled by Pyne’s Funding Increase Claims

Posted on Tuesday June 16, 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...

Lessons That Matter From East Asian Education

Posted on Saturday June 6, 2015

US educator shows that East Asian countries are abandoning the education policies and practices that Western observers have praised. >> Read on...

Low SES Students Do Better Than High SES Students at University

Posted on Wednesday June 3, 2015

Report shows that first year students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds at Victoria University achieved better results than high SES students. >> Read on...

Principal Leadership Makes Teacher Training Effective

Posted on Monday June 1, 2015

Retired principals’ leader outlines ways that principals can meet their responsibility to make teacher training effective. >> Read on...

Improving Equity in Education Boosts Economic Growth and Health

Posted on Friday May 29, 2015

Recent studies show that improving equity in education boosts economic growth, reduces income inequality and increases health and well-being. >> Read on...

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

Posted on Thursday May 28, 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...

Media Release: P-TECH Schools Are Unproven and Threaten Public Education

Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

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. >> Read on...

P-TECH Schools are Unproven and Threaten Public Education

Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

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. >> Read on...

A Teacher's Comment on NAPLAN

Posted on Thursday May 21, 2015

A teacher responds to the ABC Life Matters discussion on parents taking their children out of the NAPLAN tests. >> 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...

Australia Has High Quality, but Mixed School Outcomes

Posted on Monday May 11, 2015

A working paper published by SOS shows that Australia has high quality, but mixed school outcomes. The paper is the first in a series on equity in education and school funding in Australia. >> Read on...

Poverty and Education

Posted on Thursday May 7, 2015

A policy brief highlights the extent of poverty amongst US school children and its effects on learning and access to school resources >> Read on...

Massive Fraud and Waste in US Charter Schools

Posted on Saturday May 2, 2015

A new report has detailed fraud and waste in charter schools in the United States totalling over $200 million but says it is the tip of the iceberg. >> Read on...

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...

In Finland Less = More

Posted on Sunday April 26, 2015

An American teacher teaching in Finland explores the reasons for Finland’s success in education. >> Read on...

More Education Reduces Income Inequality

Posted on Thursday April 23, 2015

A review of academic studies on the effects of education on income inequality shows that education is effective in reducing inequality. It suggests that full implementation of the Gonski funding plan would help reduce income inequality by improving secondary school outcomes. >> Read on...

Studies Show Public Schools Achieve Similar Results to Private Schools

Posted on Monday April 20, 2015

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. >> Read on...

Massive Surge in Students Opting-Out of Tests

Posted on Sunday April 19, 2015

There was a massive surge in the number of students being withdrawn from standardised tests in the United States last week. >> Read on...

Academic Study Shows that Private Primary Schools Perform no Better than Public Schools

Posted on Tuesday April 14, 2015

A Queensland University study has shown that there is no difference in test results between public, Catholic and Independent primary schools after taking account of student background factors. >> Read on...

Qld Private Schools Rorting Govt Grants

Posted on Friday April 10, 2015

A report by the Queensland Auditor-General has found that some private schools have been rigging their enrolments to claim more funding from the Queensland Government than they are entitled to. >> Read on...

Reducing Inequity in Education is Vital in NSW

Posted on Friday March 27, 2015

Reducing huge inequality in education between rich and poor is the most urgent education issue facing the next NSW government. >> Read on...

My School Has Failed to Improve School Results

Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2015

My School has failed dismally in its main objective to improve school results. Reading, writing and numeracy test scores have largely stagnated or fallen since the website was established. >> Read on...

How Good is My School?

Posted on Monday March 23, 2015

Parents should be careful how they interpret test scores published on the My School website. School league tables published in the Canberra Times based on this data are built on shaky ground. >> Read on...

Testing Times

Posted on Wednesday March 18, 2015

A huge opt-out movement has developed in the United States with parents withdrawing their children from standardised tests across the country. >> 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...

Improving Equity in Education Increases Economic Growth

Posted on Friday March 13, 2015

Two recently-published studies show that inequality in education is a significant factor affecting economic growth. Both studies find that income inequality limits economic growth because low income families tend to have low education outcomes. >> Read on...

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