Call to Keep Funding Loadings for Disadvantaged Students

A new education policy brief published by Save Our Schools has confirmed the need for higher funding loadings for schools with greater concentration of disadvantaged students. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that a proposal by Independent Schools Victoria to remove additional funding for highly disadvantaged schools should be rejected by the Federal Government. Continue reading “Call to Keep Funding Loadings for Disadvantaged Students”

Uninvited Submission Calls for Gonski Plus Funding Loadings for Disadvantaged Students

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. National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that research studies show that the current loadings are far too low to be effective and should be at least doubled. Continue reading “Uninvited Submission Calls for Gonski Plus Funding Loadings for Disadvantaged Students”

Public is Not Invited to Low SES Funding Loadings Review

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. Trevor Cobbold, National Convenor of Save Our Schools, said today that SOS has received formal notification from the Federal Department of Education that it is not invited to make a submission on the loadings. Continue reading “Public is Not Invited to Low SES Funding Loadings Review”

Funding for Low SES Students is Under Threat by Secret and Biased Consultation

Save Our Schools today condemned the Federal Government for secrecy and biased representation of private schools in its consultation on the Gonski funding loadings for low SES students which closes tomorrow. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that the secret consultation on the loadings is extremely unrepresentative and threatens future funding for low SES students. Continue reading “Funding for Low SES Students is Under Threat by Secret and Biased Consultation”

Money Matters in Education

One of the strongest criticisms of the Gonski funding plan is that it failed to provide sound evidence that increased funding would lead to better student outcomes. It was widely claimed that research evidence shows that the relationship between per-student spending and student performance is weak [National Commission of Audit 2014a, 2014b, Ergas 2014, Justmann & Ryan 2013, Prasser & Tracey 2013, Public Policy Institute 2012, Sloan 2012].

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Wealthy Private Schools Walk Away from Pyne’s Train Wreck With Millions in Over-funding

Calculations by Greens NSW MP John Kaye show that the Abbott government’s termination of the Gonski process after just four years will deliver a $169 million a year windfall to 163 private schools, while the average NSW public education system will lose funding that could employ four new teachers in the average public school.

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Gonski Panel Member Refutes Criticisms of Needs-based Funding Plan

Ken Boston, a member of the Gonski school funding review panel, has comprehensively refuted claims that there is no basis in evidence to increase needs-based funding as recommended by the Gonksi report. Boston’s comments follow criticisms recently presented to a Senate Committee inquiry on school funding. Continue reading “Gonski Panel Member Refutes Criticisms of Needs-based Funding Plan”

Taxation Reform to Fund Growth and Social Spending

SOS does not normally write on taxation policy. However, in view of the failure of the National Commission of Audit report to consider the revenue side of the Budget and the abandonment of the Gonski funding plan by the Federal Government because it says it cannot be afforded, discussion of taxation policy is necessary if Australia is ever going to be able to address disadvantage in education (and other social issues). A good start for this discussion is a White Paper on taxation reform published last week by Nobel prize winner in economics and former chief economist of the World Bank, Professor Joe Stiglitz. Although the context is the US tax system, it has several points of relevance for raising taxation revenue in Australia to fund education and social programs. The following is an edited summary of the paper. Continue reading “Taxation Reform to Fund Growth and Social Spending”

Gonski on Gonski

The chairman of the Gonski school funding review, David Gonski, has criticized the Commission of Audit recommendation to Government that his funding plan be abandoned. The following is an extract from his seminal Inaugural Jean Blackburn Oration given to the Australian College of Educators in Melbourne on 21 May 2014. The full speech is available below.

The recommendations of the National Commission of Audit are disappointing in so far as they apply to school funding. While I am happy the commission specifically notes support for government investment in schooling, I am disappointed with their general commentary. Continue reading “Gonski on Gonski”