Research Study Shows that Increased Funding Delivers Better Outcomes for Low Income Students

New research from the United States on the relationship between school funding and outcomes shows that money matters in education for low income students. Its findings suggest that the ending of the Gonski funding plan by the Federal Government means that Australia has lost the opportunity to significantly improve the school results of disadvantaged children.

The new study shows that school finance reform in many US states has increased expenditure in low income school districts which improved school and later adult attainments of low income children. The increased school spending had a positive effect on the years spent in school and high school graduation rates for children from poor families. It also had positive effects on later adult earnings, family income, and adult poverty status. Continue reading “Research Study Shows that Increased Funding Delivers Better Outcomes for Low Income Students”

Abbott Govt Turns its Back on Public Schools and Disadvantaged Students

The Federal Budget is a disaster for public education in Australia. It has killed off the Gonski school funding increases for 2017-18 and 2018-19. Public schools stand to over $6 billion as a result. The unity ticket on school funding promised by Abbott and Pyne before the election has been completely shredded.

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Audit Commission Ignores the High Concentration of Disadvantage in Government Schools

The National Commission of Audit report has recommended not proceeding with the planned Gonski funding increases for 2018 and 2019. Instead, it recommended that school funding be indexed beyond 2017 by a weighted average of the Consumer Price Index and the education and training wage price index. At best, this will mean no real increases in funding, only increases in line with rising costs. At worst, it may lead to a cut real funding depending on the actual indexation arrived at.

The recommendation will deny schools the funding they need to reduce disadvantage in education, which was the whole focus of the Gonski report. Implementation of the Gonski funding increase would have seen Federal funding for schools increase by 6.5 per cent in real terms (that is, adjusted for inflation) per year. The large bulk of these increases would have gone to government schools. Continue reading “Audit Commission Ignores the High Concentration of Disadvantage in Government Schools”

Shorten Re-affirms Labor’s Commitment to the Full Gonski

Tuesday April 1, 2014

Following questions raised about its commitment to the Gonski funding for the two final years of the six year transition period, the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, has clarified Labor’s position. At a doorstop interview in Perth yesterday, Shorten gave an unequivocal commitment to the full Gonski funding.

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Is This the End of Gonksi?

There appears to be a new unity ticket between Labor and the Coalition on the Gonski school funding. The Coalition has always refused to commit to the final two years of Labor’s six year Gonksi funding plan. Now, it appears that Labor is having second thoughts.

The Shadow Education Minister, Kate Ellis, has refused to commit Labor support for the increase in funding it planned for the two final years of the six year transition to the Gonski funding model. It puts a final question mark against the $7 billion increase in Federal funding promised by the Labor Government for 2017-18 and 2018-19. Continue reading “Is This the End of Gonksi?”

Gonksi Panel Member Slams Labor’s Ineptitude on Gonski Funding

Gonski panel member, Ken Boston, has slammed the Labor Party for failing on the politics of delivering the full Gonski school funding model. He said that Labor has failed to prosecute a public case for the six year funding plan, made major mistakes in delaying implementation of the Gonksi model for nearly two years and is now failing to put sufficient pressure on the Abbott Government to implement the full Gonski. Continue reading “Gonksi Panel Member Slams Labor’s Ineptitude on Gonski Funding”

Federal Officials Confirm the Coalition’s Sabotage of Gonski

The Senate Estimates hearing on education at the end of February shed more light on how the Coalition Government is sabotaging the Gonksi funding model. The hearing revealed that the Government will dishonour agreements made with some state and territory governments to provide funding increases over the next six years and it will not hold governments to their agreements to increase funding over the next four years; nor will it place conditions on the funding it has provided to the governments that refused to sign up to Gonski. The other sabotage is that state and territory governments will not be required to implement a needs-based funding model and perhaps nor will private school organisations. Continue reading “Federal Officials Confirm the Coalition’s Sabotage of Gonski”

Greater Funding Equity Increases Student Results

New research by the Boston Consulting Group shows that increased funding for low income students increases their reading and mathematics results. It also shows that needs-based funding can improve results for all students, whether from low-income or high-income families. The research contradicts claims that there is no correlation between school expenditure and outcomes. Continue reading “Greater Funding Equity Increases Student Results”

Pyne’s Opportunistic Support of States’ Rights Has Sabotaged Gonski

The Federal Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, has re-affirmed that state and territory governments will not be required to put in additional funding for schools as agreed under the national agreements signed with the previous Labor Government. He said yesterday that he does not want to “infantilise the states”.

Last December Pyne clearly signalled to the original signatory states that they do not have to keep to the conditions they signed up for to increase school funding. He said the Government “will not be requiring them to make contributions” and whether they increase funding or not is “a matter for those sovereign jurisdictions”. The Government’s new agreement with the Queensland, Western Australian and Northern Territory governments does not require them to increase funding for schools.

This effectively sabotages the Gonski funding plan. State and territory governments will not be required to increase their funding and there is no guarantee that they will pass the Federal funding increase over the next four years. They may substitute it for their own funding or even cut their funding. Continue reading “Pyne’s Opportunistic Support of States’ Rights Has Sabotaged Gonski”

The Prime Minister Should Fully Implement Gonksi to Improve Indigenous Education

If the Prime Minister is serious about his “passionate” commitment to improving Indigenous education, he should stop the sabotage of the Gonksi funding model and implement it in full. Gonksi is fundamental to reducing the achievement gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous school outcomes. Continue reading “The Prime Minister Should Fully Implement Gonksi to Improve Indigenous Education”