Total government funding per student in NSW private schools adjusted for inflation (“real funding”) increased by over seven times that for public schools between 2009 and 2017. Even during the Gonski funding period of 2013-2017 the funding increase for private schools was three times that for public schools.
While the NSW Government increased current dollar funding of public schools between 2013 and 2017, it failed to cover rising costs. Real funding was cut by $202 (-2.4%) per student after cutting funding by $394 (-4.4%) per student between 2009 and 2013. It means public schools have fewer human and material resources per student.
The NSW Government took the opportunity of increased Commonwealth funding for public schools to cut its own real funding of public schools while maintaining funding for private schools.
Government funding increases have been badly misdirected in favouring the more privileged, better-off school sectors and students. About 85% of disadvantaged students in NSW are in public schools and 96% of disadvantaged schools are public schools.
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This is a summary of a new Education Research Paper
published by Save Our Schools. It can be downloaded below.
New figures show that total government funding per student
in public schools adjusted for inflation (“real funding”) was cut between 2009
and 2017 while funding for Catholic and Independent schools increased
massively. Even during the Gonski funding period of 2013-2017 the funding
increase for private schools was over three times the increase for public
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Here is a list of studies since 2015 showing that money matters in education, especially for disadvantaged schools and students. Many of these studies have been reviewed on this site. The list was updated on 3 April 2020.
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Three new US
studies have found that increasing funding for disadvantaged students increases
school results. They bring to 21 the number of studies in the last five years
showing that funding increases targeted at disadvantaged students improves
achievement. This is a remarkable degree of unanimity amongst education
economists. Even notorious sceptics of the worth of increasing school spending such
as Professor Eric Hanushek from Stanford University (USA) and The Economist
magazine have been forced to concede that money matters for disadvantaged
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A new OECD report, Balancing School Choice and Equity, shows that school choice policies have increased social and academic segregation between schools which, in turn, reduced equity in education. Australia is a prime example of the impact of choice on social segregation. School choice has been at the centre of education policy for the last 20 or more years. Australia now has one of the most socially and academically segregated school systems in the OECD and has highly inequitable education outcomes.
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The Gonski Institute for Education recently published a
valuable paper on equity in education titled Improving
Educational Equity in Australian Education. It discusses what is equity,
why equity in education matters and makes recommendations for improving equity
in education. However, its definition of equity in education is limited and imprecise.
The paper should have adopted the equity definition of the original Gonski
report because it offers a more effective guide for education policy and
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The following is a summary of a new Education Research paper published by Save Our Schools. It can be downloaded below.
Data drawn from the My School website show that school
systems in Australia are highly segregated by socio-economic background both nationally
and in each state, although the extent of the segregation varies between states.
Highly and medium disadvantaged schools are over-represented
in public schools and under-represented in private schools. In contrast, highly
and medium advantaged schools are under-represented in public schools and
over-represented in private schools.
Continue reading “The Vast Majority of Disadvantaged Schools are Public Schools”
A paper presented to the annual
conference of the American Economic Association in January that examined
the largest school construction program ever in the United States found strong evidence
that it lead to improvements in test scores, attendance and student effort. It also
found that the construction program increased neighbourhood house prices.
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Strong teacher unions are critical to improving equity in school funding according to a new study published in the academic journal Review of Economics and Statistics. They also play a major role in translating funding increases into increases in student achievement.
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One of the challenges to improving results in highly disadvantaged
schools is recruiting and retaining high quality teachers. Disadvantaged
schools often have high teacher turnover which impacts on student achievement. A
new US study has found that selective retention bonuses for high quality
teachers leads to increases in student achievement in high poverty schools.
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