Federal Budget Perspective: A Reduced Future

The small business sector has done well out of the Federal Budget, and there has been a positive response from the local business community.

However, the Budget is not looking at the long-term future for businesses and for Australian communities. Sadly lacking is the support for education so that all our children, no matter what background they come from, will be able to succeed at school and be prepared for future employment.

In a climate where jobs are changing rapidly, there is an increasing need for better educated workers with flexibility, good communication and problem-solving skills, familiarity with rapidly changing technology, as well as literacy and numeracy skills. Many jobs that poorly educated people might be able to do are disappearing with the advances of technology. Continue reading “Federal Budget Perspective: A Reduced Future”

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. Continue reading “OECD Report Shows That Refusing to Fund Gonski is Short-Sighted”

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”

Capital Expenditure in NSW Government Schools is an Election Issue

Capital expenditure on schools is an issue in the NSW election campaign. Both Liberal and Labor have promised to increase capital expenditure significantly, but they have conspicuously failed to say how the increases will be distributed between government and private schools. There is a strong case that the large part of the promised spending should go to government schools because capital expenditure in private schools is much higher than in government schools. Continue reading “Capital Expenditure in NSW Government Schools is an Election Issue”

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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Closing Achievement Gaps Increases Economic Growth and Reduces Income Inequality

A new study that examined a Gonski-type social equity goal in the United States has found that closing the educational achievement gap between rich and poor would significantly increase economic growth and raise government revenues. It would also reduce income inequality by raising the lifetime earnings of the poorest children.

The results of the study demonstrate that investments targeted at raising academic achievement and narrowing achievement gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students generate large returns in the form of increased economic growth. It found that if average mathematics and science scores in the US were raised to those of the most advantaged quarter of students Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would be $4 trillion larger by 2050, an increase of 10 per cent. Continue reading “Closing Achievement Gaps Increases Economic Growth and Reduces Income Inequality”