Review of Low SES Loadings Should be Public

The following is a letter to The Australian about the secret review of the low SES funding loadings that was not published

Education Minister Pyne has made it clear that it is his prerogative and that of his Department to decide which interest groups and agencies will be invited to a review, behind closed doors, of the funding to be provided to students in schools serving t he neediest students.

Even if we accept this and the fact that submissions from those not on the list of invitees will not be considered, this does not explain why the submissions from the invitees are not being put up on the Department’s website for public scrutiny.

Whether it be the review of loadings for the neediest students, or of the national curriculum or initial teacher education, failure to make submissions public undermines public confidence and trust in the process and the outcomes.

Lyndsay Connors

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