The SES Private School Funding Model Has Failed

After ten years the SES model of funding private schools has failed. It has failed to stem massive fee increases in elite private schools. It has diverted millions and millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to schools least in need while those most in need are denied adequate funding. It has meant that elite private schools have become more exclusive. Continue reading “The SES Private School Funding Model Has Failed”

Fee and Funding Increases Give Elite Private Schools a Massive Resource Advantage

Australia’s wealthiest private schools have become more exclusive over the past decade, despite receiving millions in Federal Government funding which is supposed to make them more accessible. Fee and funding increases for these schools have far exceeded funding increases for government schools. With the aid of generous funding by the Federal Government elite private schools have double or more the resources of government schools. Continue reading “Fee and Funding Increases Give Elite Private Schools a Massive Resource Advantage”

Catholic Submission to the School Funding Review Makes Important Concessions

The National Catholic Education Commission’s submission to the school funding review makes for interesting reading. It makes two very important concessions. First, the Commission has finally conceded that the student population of Catholic schools has a higher socio-economic status (SES) than government schools. Second, the submission acknowledges that the official statistics on school expenditure over-state government school expenditure in comparison with private schools. Continue reading “Catholic Submission to the School Funding Review Makes Important Concessions”

PISA Results Demand a Massive Increase in Funding for Government Schools

Save Our Schools today called for a massive boost in funding for government schools in the light of the new PISA results released yesterday. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that the new results are a national disgrace. Continue reading “PISA Results Demand a Massive Increase in Funding for Government Schools”

We Have to Put an End to this Funding Farce

It is no exaggeration to say that the future of Australia’s education system is in the hands of the Gonski committee, currently reviewing school funding. It is clear that a fundamental change in government funding priorities is required but it remains to be seen whether the Gonski committee, with its unbalanced representation, is up to the task.

The greatest challenge facing Australia’s education system is to reduce the large achievement gaps between rich and poor. Continue reading “We Have to Put an End to this Funding Farce”

Report Calls for Funding Boost to Government Schools to Reduce Education Disadvantage

A new report published today by the advocacy group Save Our Schools says that government schools are badly under-resourced in comparison to private schools to deal with education disadvantage. It calls for an investment of $6 – $9 billion a year in government schools to reduce large achievement gaps between rich and poor. Continue reading “Report Calls for Funding Boost to Government Schools to Reduce Education Disadvantage”

Australia’s School Expenditure is Below OECD Average

A new OECD report on education shows that Australia spends less on school education than most other industrialised countries. Australia ranks 16th in primary school spending out of 22 industrialised countries and 13th out of 23 countries in secondary school expenditure according to the OECD’s latest annual review of international education, Education at a Glance, published last week. Continue reading “Australia’s School Expenditure is Below OECD Average”

Lessons from the US for Labor’s Cash Bonuses for Teachers and Schools

Labor’s cash bonuses for schools and teachers will be determined in part by improvements in test scores. There is little evidence that such schemes increase student achievement, but they are likely further harm education. The plan also glosses over the difficulty of reliably and accurately measuring the effect teachers and schools have on the learning growth of students.

The following is a slightly edited version of a submission made last year by the renowned US academic, Professor Helen Ladd, to the US education department criticising President Obama’s plan to require states to use test scores to evaluate the performance of teachers and principals. Continue reading “Lessons from the US for Labor’s Cash Bonuses for Teachers and Schools”

Abbott’s Education Rebate Will Give a Backdoor Funding Increase to Private Schools

A Liberal/National Party government will provide another boost to private schools with a tax rebate on school fees. It will provide a backdoor funding increase and shift more students to private schools. It will further damage public education in Australia and increase social segregation between the private and government school sectors. Continue reading “Abbott’s Education Rebate Will Give a Backdoor Funding Increase to Private Schools”