Outlandish Funding Bonanza for Private Schools

A report published today by the public education advocacy group, Save Our Schools, finds that two voucher models of school funding proposed to the Gonski Review would deliver billions of dollars in additional funding for private schools and no increases for government schools.

Trevor Cobbold, author of the report and national convenor of SOS, said the proposals would provide an outlandish funding bonanza for private schools and should be rejected by the Review. Continue reading “Outlandish Funding Bonanza for Private Schools”

The Pressure is on the Gonksi Review to Deliver on Equity

The following is a summary of a speech delivered by the National Convenor of Save Our Schools, Trevor Cobbold, to the State Council of the State School Teachers’ Union of Western Australia in Perth on 19 November 2011. It can be downloaded below.

If the Gonski Review of school funding is to deliver on its own equity goal it must deliver a new school funding model that restricts funding for wealthy private schools and provide a large boost in funding for government schools. Continue reading “The Pressure is on the Gonksi Review to Deliver on Equity”

C.I.S Funding Model Provides More for Private Schools

A recent report from Jennifer Buckingham and the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) illustrates how much the debate on schools funding has rightly developed an emphasis on equity goals, creating a good deal of confusion in the private school lobby. Instead of being dominated by the aim of promoting school choice, which led to marked increases for some of the elite private schools under the previous Howard Government and was continued by the Rudd and Gillard Governments, as Buckingham puts it, “it is difficult to justify providing extra public funds to already well-resourced students and schools.” Continue reading “C.I.S Funding Model Provides More for Private Schools”

Govt. Largesse of $6m for Geelong Grammar

The extremes of wealth and poverty and its effects on education are nowhere more clearly on show than in north Geelong. Here the most expensive and luxurious private school in Australia sits alongside schools serving some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country and it all shows in their comparative results. Here also starkly revealed is the monstrous unfairness of the existing school funding model.

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Gonski Review Should Disregard Private School Hysterics

Save Our Schools today called on the Gonski Review of School Funding to use its commissioned research reports as the foundation for a new school funding model. In releasing its submission on the reports, the national convenor of SOS, Trevor Cobbold, said that Review Committee should disregard the hysterical reaction of private school organisations to the reports. Continue reading “Gonski Review Should Disregard Private School Hysterics”

School Autonomy Leads to More Social Exclusion and Inequality in Education

School autonomy and greater private control over some English schools has lead to increased social stratification and education inequality according to a new study published by the Institute of Education at the University of London. The conversion of some secondary schools to what are called “Academy” schools run by private sponsors has led to more social exclusion. Academies were supposed to meet the needs of students in deprived areas, but instead are taking fewer students from these backgrounds. Continue reading “School Autonomy Leads to More Social Exclusion and Inequality in Education”

Budget Gives Priority to Funding Privilege and Market-Based Programs

Equity in education is the major loser in the Commonwealth Schools Budget as the Labor Government continues to give greater priority to funding privilege and market-based programs than reducing disadvantage in education. The 2011-12 Budget projects larger funding increases for private schools than government schools and introduces new market-based programs while major equity programs are wound down. Continue reading “Budget Gives Priority to Funding Privilege and Market-Based Programs”

An Alternative Funding Model for Government and Private Schools

It is widely agreed that a new approach to school funding is needed. The Federal Minister for Education says that the SES funding model for private schools has “reached its use-by-date”. Even the major private school lobbies concede that it has had its day, although they still want to retain the privileged funding it gives them.

Save Our Schools has recommended to the Gonski School Funding Review a new model which integrates funding for government and private schools from both federal and state/territory governments. Continue reading “An Alternative Funding Model for Government and Private Schools”

SOS Calls for Increased Funding for Govt Schools and a New Funding Model for Private Schools

The Save Our Schools submission to the School Funding Review calls for an increase in funding for government schools of $6-9 billion a year to start reducing the large achievement gaps between rich and poor in Australia. It recommends that the current funding model for private schools be terminated and replaced by a new funding model which integrates government funding of government and private schools. It suggests that a federal schools commission be established to co-ordinate school funding. Continue reading “SOS Calls for Increased Funding for Govt Schools and a New Funding Model for Private Schools”

Call for New Funding Model for Govt & Private Schools

Save Our Schools has called for a complete overhaul of school funding arrangements in a submission to the School Funding Review. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that a new funding model is necessary to better direct government funding at improving equity in education. Continue reading “Call for New Funding Model for Govt & Private Schools”