Media Release: Advantaged Schools Get First Call on the Best Teachers

A research paper published today by Save Our Schools shows that Australia allocates more and better teacher resources to socio-economically advantaged schools than to disadvantaged schools. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said there is a shocking mis-allocation of teaching resources between disadvantaged and advantaged schools in Australia that ranks alongside the worst in the OECD.

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Media Release: New Figures Show that Government Funding Has Massively Favoured Private Schools

Updated school funding figures published today by Save Our Schools show that government funding per student in private schools has far outstripped that for public schools over the past 15 years. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that increases in government funding for many elite private schools has far exceeded that for many disadvantaged public schools.

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Media Release – New National Education Goals Are Fatally Contradictory

A policy brief issued today by the public education advocacy group, Save Our Schools, claims that the new national education goals promulgated at the end of 2008 are fatally contradictory and fail on equity. Continue reading “Media Release – New National Education Goals Are Fatally Contradictory”

Media Release 9 October 2008 – Gillard Should Come Clean on School Reports

Save Our Schools, a Canberra-based public education advocacy group, today called on the Education Minister, Julia Gillard, to release details of her controversial school performance reporting plan.

SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that the imminent visit of New York Schools Chancellor, Joel Klein, is an opportunity for informed public debate about school reports. Continue reading “Media Release 9 October 2008 – Gillard Should Come Clean on School Reports”

Media Release 30 May 2008 – Rich Families Benefit Most from Over-Funding of Private Schools

A study of the SES funding model for private schools released today shows that two-thirds of all private school students are over-funded and that schools serving the wealthiest families are vastly more over-funded than those serving low income families. Continue reading “Media Release 30 May 2008 – Rich Families Benefit Most from Over-Funding of Private Schools”

Media Release 23 June 2008 – Government Divided on School Site Sell-Off

Save Our Schools called on the Government to clarify its position on the sell-off of closed school sites. SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that statements by Government Ministers show that they are divided about the future of the sites. Continue reading “Media Release 23 June 2008 – Government Divided on School Site Sell-Off”

Media Release 24 August 2007 – Hargreaves Cuts Consultation on Closed School Sites

Save Our Schools today condemned the ACT Government for cutting short the public consultation on the future of closed school sites. SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, called on the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services to fulfil his original promise of a 5-month consultation. Continue reading “Media Release 24 August 2007 – Hargreaves Cuts Consultation on Closed School Sites”

Media Release 18 June 2007 – Use Surplus to Improve Student Outcomes

Save Our Schools has called on the ACT Government to use part of its Budget surplus to improve student outcomes.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, has told the Estimates Committee of the Legislative Assembly that the ACT Government has accumulated a $600 million surplus while ignoring student learning needs. Continue reading “Media Release 18 June 2007 – Use Surplus to Improve Student Outcomes”

Media Release 21 June 2007 – Student/Teacher Advantage in Government Schools Slashed

Save Our Schools says that Canberra’s government secondary schools have lost much of their advantage over private schools in terms of their lower student/teacher ratio.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, called on the ACT Government to restore 60 teacher positions cut from government high schools and colleges earlier this year. Continue reading “Media Release 21 June 2007 – Student/Teacher Advantage in Government Schools Slashed”