The following is a report by Save Our Schools presented to the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Education Union on the funding of public schools in Tasmania. It can be downloaded below.
Government funding of private schools in Tasmania has increased by
seven times that for public schools in recent years. The Tasmanian Labor Government
slashed state funding for public schools between 2009-10 and 2013-14 and the
Liberal Government cut further in 2014-15. Overall, public school funding increased
slightly but this was due to increased Commonwealth funding and it was far
outstripped by a large increase in total government funding of private schools.
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Government claims that the Budget deficit precludes fully funding the last two
years of the Gonski plan. However, the latest Tax Expenditures Statement by the
Federal Treasury shows that fully funding Gonski is easily affordable if the
Government reduced tax concessions for wealthy. Its failure to do so shows that
this Government continues to put the interests of the wealthy above those of
Continue reading “Tax Concessions for the Wealthy Deny Adequate Funding for Disadvantaged Students”
new review of voucher programs in private schools has found that they have
failed to make any significant improvements in student achievement, but add to
the risks of increasing social segregation and the loss of a common, secular
educational experience. It says that there are more effective ways of improving
student results than by using voucher programs.
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The claims by the Western Australian Government that it has massively increased school funding in recent years are highly misleading. The fact is that the Barnett Government has taken to the axe to funding of public schools while boosting its funding of private schools. It has abandoned disadvantaged students, the vast majority of whom attend public schools.
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There was much wringing of hands at the continuing decline
in Australia’s reading, mathematics and science results revealed by the results
from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) published
last December. Unfortunately, there was little in the way of constructive
analysis of the factors behind the declines.
Continue reading “Australia Has High Quality Teaching but Too Much Out-of-Field Teaching”
Student absenteeism is a well-documented factor in poor
performance at school. Students who skip
school, skip classes and arrive late for school tend to have lower test scores
[OECD, PISA 2012 Results: What
Makes Schools Successful? Resources, Policies and Practices (Volume IV),
2013, p. 60].
It is likely to be a factor behind the high proportion of Australian
students who do not achieve expected international standards in reading,
mathematics and science. Data from PISA 2015 show that a much higher percentage
of Australian students skipped a day of
school at least once in the two weeks prior to the PISA test than in other
high performing countries and the OECD average.
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One of the most disappointing aspects of the responses to Australia’s 2015 PISA results is the lack of constructive analysis of the factors behind the declining results and low achievement by many disadvantaged students.
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This paper reviews the results and discusses the potential influence of a range of factors.
This is a summary of an Education Research Brief published by Save Our Schools. The full Brief can be downloaded below
Disadvantaged students in Australia are being denied equal opportunities to learn because they have less access to qualified teachers and material resources than advantaged students. The gaps in access to education resources between advantaged and disadvantaged schools in Australia are among the largest in the world and the OECD.
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Yet another new study shows that increased funding targeted
at disadvantaged students significantly improves secondary school results. It
found that increases in school funding significantly increase the probability
that low achieving students complete high school. It provides further support
for increased funding for disadvantaged students in Australia.
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New school enrolment data show a reversal of the steady
drift of students from public to private over the past 40 years. Figures
released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last week show that the share
of public school enrolments increased from 60.05% of all enrolments in 2015 to
60.09% in 2016. This is the first time the public school share has increased
since the 1970s.
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