In his recently published memoirs, Malcolm Turnbull thoroughly exposes the hypocrisy of Catholic education authorities in diverting taxpayer funding intended for poor schools to subsidise rich inner-city schools. In doing so, he exposed his own hypocrisy by allowing them to continue to do so under his Gonski 2.0 funding model.
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I felt too many of the Church leaders were more interested in defending their system and resisting accountability than in fulfilling Jesus’ mission to the poor.
Many Year 10 students in Australia are being taught key subjects by unqualified teachers according to a major new study. It found that 15.5% of Year 10 classes are being taught by teachers out of their field of expertise. Twenty per cent of mathematics classes and 21% of English classes are taught out-of-field. The study found that 12.5% of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes are being taught out-of-field. This is likely an under-estimate because of inadequate data on science teaching.
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There is extensive research evidence of the impact of family background
on student results. Many studies from the United
States, the United
Kingdom, the OECD and Australia also show
a school socio-economic composition (SEC) effect whereby students attending schools
with a high concentration of students from poor families tend to have lower
results than students from similar backgrounds attending schools with higher
proportions of students from well-off backgrounds.
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In a ground-breaking decision
last week, the US Court
of Appeals ruled that the US Constitution “provides a fundamental right to
a basic minimum education” for all students and that the “Supreme Court has
recognized that basic literacy is foundational to our political process and
society”. The decision makes it clear that public education has a critical role
in providing the right to a basic education.
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The following is the conclusion of a Working Paper published by Save Our Schools on the sabotage of the Gonski funding model by the Coalition Government. The paper can be downloaded below.
Comments on the paper are invited. Notification of issues not covered and mistakes of fact, analysis and interpretation will be appreciated. Please excuse any remaining typos and repetitions. Comments can be sent to the Save Our Schools email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A new study published in the Journal
of Public Economics found that increased expenditure on schools in low-spending
school districts led to significant improvements in student achievement and high
school graduation. It adds to the large number of research studies showing that
money matters in education.
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Over half of all secondary school teachers in Australia report that they have too much administrative work which takes away time for preparing for classes and is a major source of stress. A quarter of teachers say they experience a lot of stress at school. These are amongst the highest percentages in the OECD. They are significant factors behind teachers leaving the profession. These are significant factors behind teachers leaving the profession.
Australian teachers also have less professional autonomy over classroom content and assessment than in other OECD countries, but there is more professional collaboration in Australian schools. However, a majority of teachers do not believe their profession is valued by society.
These are key results from the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), an international survey of school teachers, school leaders and the learning environment in schools released this month. The report provides important insights into the state of the teaching profession in Australia and other countries.
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by the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee on moving to a
direct income measure of assessing the capacity to contribute of families in
private schools contains a bombshell. It unequivocally shows that the financial
cost of the move to a direct income measure has never been properly calculated
by the Government. The additional funding for private schools of $3.2 billion (now
$3.4 billion) promised by the Government is just another special deal plucked
out of thin air.
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At the end of February the Senate referred the provisions of the Australian Education Amendment (Direct Measure of Income) Bill 2020 to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report. The Bill provides for a new measure of capacity to contribute by families to private schools, adjusted taxable income, to replace the area-based socio-economic status method introduced in 2001.
The submission by Save Our Schools highlights major flaws in the new measure and makes 13 recommendations to the Senate Committee. It can be downloaded below.
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Data from the OECD’s
Programme for International Assessments (PISA) in 2018 confirm everyday
impressions of the vast gap in the resources of public and private schools in
Australia. They show that private schools have far more, and better quality,
teacher and physical resources than public schools. Despite the fact that
public schools enrol over 80% of the most disadvantaged students, they are
constrained by a lack of education resources.
While class sizes and student-teacher ratios are similar in
public and private secondary schools, public schools have far fewer highly
qualified teachers, more teacher shortages, more inadequately qualified
teachers, more teacher absenteeism and more shortages of assisting staff than
private schools. Much higher proportions of students in public schools have
their learning hindered by a lack of educational materials, poor quality
educational materials, lack of physical infrastructure and poor quality
infrastructure than in private schools. There are also significant differences
between the resources available to lower fee and higher fee private schools.
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