OECD Report Shows That Refusing to Fund Gonski is Short-Sighted

A new OECD report shows that the refusal of the Federal Government and several state governments to commit to the full Gonski funding plan is incredibly short-sighted. It will mean substantially lower economic growth over the next 80 years than could be achieved by getting all students to a basic skill level at school.

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Qld Private Schools Rorting Govt Grants

A damning 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. The report says that schools were over-funded by $1.5 million in 2014. It has also exposed totally inadequate audit processes for private schools. Continue reading “Qld Private Schools Rorting Govt Grants”

Teachers Condemn Vic Labor Govt on School Funding

AEU Joint Primary and Secondary Council resolution on government school funding, March 13, 2015.

That the AEU Joint Primary and Secondary Sector Council expresses its extreme disappointment in the State Government’s new legislation for funding non-government schools, titled Education and Training Reform Amendment (funding of Non-Government Schools). Continue reading “Teachers Condemn Vic Labor Govt on School Funding”

Andrews Govt Is On a ‘Unity Ticket’ With Abbott & Pyne

Save Our Schools today accused the Andrews Government of signing the death certificate for the Gonski school funding plan in Victoria. SOS national convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that the Labor Government has betrayed the needs of disadvantaged students and schools in Victoria by refusing to deliver the last two years of Gonski funding. Continue reading “Andrews Govt Is On a ‘Unity Ticket’ With Abbott & Pyne”

Victorian Education Minister Fails in His Response to Criticism of Funding Guarantee for Private Schools

With its legislative guarantee that private schools will receive 25 per cent of expenditure on public schools, the Victorian Government has joined with the Abbott Government in sabotaging the Gonski school funding agreement.

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Victorian Govt Betrays Gonski Needs-Based Funding Principle

The Victorian ALP Government has betrayed the basic principle of the Gonski funding model – that future increases in government funding for private schools should be determined by need. Instead, the Government has legislated to ensure that funding increases for public schools will automatically flow on in part to private schools without regard to need.

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Funding Increases Benefit Disadvantaged Students

Increased school funding brings large improvements for low income students in high school graduation rates and educational attainment, wages, family income, and reductions in adult poverty according to a study published by the US National Bureau of Economic Research. It also found that these effects were dependent on how the increased funding was spent.

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New Figures Show that Government Funding Increases Favour Private Schools

New school funding figures provided to Senate Estimates show that government funding increases for Catholic and Independent schools have outstripped funding increases for public schools since 2009. The percentage increase in funding for Catholic and Independent schools was almost double that for public schools despite the fact that public schools enrol the overwhelming majority of students in need of increased support.

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Open Letter on Testing by Diane Ravitch

The US Senate is currently conducting hearings on the future of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation introduced by President George Bush Jnr. The hearings have focused first on the federally mandated testing regime for all US children in grades 3-8. The critical issue is whether there is too much testing in US schools. A huge opt-out movement against testing has developed. A key leader of the movement is Diane Ravitch a former Assistant Secretary of Education under President George Bush Snr. The Secretary of Education at the time was Lamar Alexander, now a Senator who is chairing the Senate committee hearings on the NCLB. Diane Ravitch has written the following open letter to the Senator calling on him to drop annual standardised testing in schools. Continue reading “Open Letter on Testing by Diane Ravitch”

SOS Supplementary Submission on Low SES Funding Loadings

Save Our Schools has submitted a supplementary “uninvited” submission to the Federal Government’s review of the low SES funding loadings. The loadings are a central feature of the Gonski funding plan. The submission calls on the review to reject the proposal by Independent Schools Victoria to remove the additional loadings for schools with greater concentrations of low SES students.

Independent Schools Victoria has long opposed additional funding loadings for low SES students because it claims that the relationship between SES and student achievement is weak. It ignores a massive amount of research evidence showing that family SES has a very significant influence on student achievement at school. The strong relationship is one of the most robust findings in education research. Continue reading “SOS Supplementary Submission on Low SES Funding Loadings”