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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The following is a summary of a new report from the Learning Policy Institute in the United States on school finance reform. It reviews reforms by four US states to undertake progressive school funding strategies in order to substantially improve learning opportunities for all students. It provides recommendations for federal and state policies to address funding inequalities that contribute to the cycle of poverty. It shows that money matters when it comes to improving schools and that how money is spent is critical.
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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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New funding figures show that government funding increases
for private schools continue to far outstrip increases for public schools.
Total government funding per student in public schools was cut between 2009-10
and 2016-17 while private schools received a massive increase. Even during the
Gonski funding period of 2012-13 to 2016-17 increases in funding for private
schools far outstripped those for public schools.
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Numerous studies over the past decade or more show that increases in school funding increase student achievement, school completion rates, post-school education and labour market outcomes particularly for disadvantaged students. Now, a new US study shows that more equitable funding of schools increases intergenerational income mobility. Equalisation in school spending closes the gap in investments on the education of low- and high-income students, and this promotes equalisation in their later life outcomes.
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Public accountability for the use of taxpayer funding is a
fundamental tenet of democratic government. Yet, this principle has long been ignored
by Catholic education authorities who refuse to reveal how they distribute
government funding amongst their schools despite it being a legislative requirement.
Their refusal has been connived at by successive governments that failed to make
the Commonwealth Department of Education enforce the legislation. The latest example
of this tacit agreement at work is the refusal of the Education Department to fully
disclose how Catholic Education Commissions distribute their taxpayer funding.
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The Joint Committee of Public
Accounts and Audit of the Parliament has slammed the Commonwealth Department of
Education for failing to ensure that government funding of public and private
school systems is distributed according to needs-based principles. In
a bi-partisan report tabled in the Parliament last week, the Joint
Committee criticised a lack of transparency and accountability about school
funding caused by inadequate administrative arrangements.
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