Data from the OECD’s
Programme for International Assessments (PISA) in 2018 confirm everyday
impressions of the vast gap in the resources of public and private schools in
Australia. They show that private schools have far more, and better quality,
teacher and physical resources than public schools. Despite the fact that
public schools enrol over 80% of the most disadvantaged students, they are
constrained by a lack of education resources.
While class sizes and student-teacher ratios are similar in
public and private secondary schools, public schools have far fewer highly
qualified teachers, more teacher shortages, more inadequately qualified
teachers, more teacher absenteeism and more shortages of assisting staff than
private schools. Much higher proportions of students in public schools have
their learning hindered by a lack of educational materials, poor quality
educational materials, lack of physical infrastructure and poor quality
infrastructure than in private schools. There are also significant differences
between the resources available to lower fee and higher fee private schools.
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The following are the notes and slides of a talk given to the ACT Council of P&C Associations by Trevor Cobbold on 25th of February. It shows that changes in school income and government funding have hugely favoured Catholic and Independent schools over public schools since 2009. In particular, government funding of public schools has been cut while private schools received large increases in funding. Moreover, public schools face further cuts in funding as a result of the bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and ACT Governments in December 2018. In contrast, private schools will continue to be over-funded under the agreement and as a result of another special funding deal by the Commonwealth
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The call by the former head of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Martin Parkinson, for the Federal Government to hand over all responsibility for school funding to the States would have disastrous consequences for the nation. If pursued, it will only ever apply to public schools because the Coalition and Labor will never agree to ending the Federal role in funding private schools. Ending Federal funding for public schools would undermine national education, social and economic goals,
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The following is a summary of a new Education Research Paper published by Save Our Schools. The full paper can be downloaded below.
New figures show that government (Commonwealth and State) funding increases massively favoured private schools over public schools between 2009-10 and 2017-18. Government funding for private schools increased by $1,779 per student, adjusted for inflation, while funding for public schools was cut by $49 per student. The increase for private schools was 18.9% while funding for public school students was cut by 0.4%.
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Larry Cuban, Emeritus Professor of Education at Stanford
University, recently drew on his extensive study of technology in education
over many years to draw some key lessons about the use of technology in the
classroom. The following are extracts from his article which is available on his
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The following is a summary of a new Education Research Paper published by Save Our Schools. The paper can be downloaded below.
New data from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2018 show that Australia allocates more and better quality teacher and physical resources to socio-economically advantaged secondary schools than to disadvantaged schools. The gaps are amongst the largest out of 36 countries in the OECD. The highest performing countries in the OECD generally allocate resources more equitably between low and high SES secondary schools.
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Private schools should pay rates according to the Municipal
Association of Victoria. It claims that local councils are missing out on
millions of dollars in revenue because private schools are exempted from paying
rates. It says the exemptions are unfair and inequitable as other ratepayers
must pay more to cover the revenue loss.
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One factor not considered in the commotion over the
continuing decline in Australia’s PISA results is whether students try their
best on the tests. The OECD’s
own report on PISA 2018 shows that about three in four Australian students and
two-thirds of students in OECD countries did not try their hardest on the tests.
There are also wide differences between countries. It has potentially explosive
implications for the validity of international comparisons of student
achievement based on PISA.
The PISA data also shows increasing student dissatisfaction with school which likely contributes to lack of effort on tests and is a factor, among others, behind Australia’s declining results. There is also a perplexing contradiction between Australia’s declining PISA results and its improving Year 12 results. Lack of effort in PISA may partly explain this because performance on PISA has no consequences for students as they don’t even get their individual results. In contrast, Year 12 outcomes affect the life chances of students and even students dissatisfied with school have greater incentive to try harder. The fact that Australia’s Year 12 results have improved significantly since the early 2000s raises further questions about the reliability of the PISA results.
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The following is a press release issued by the Save Our Schools – No Transition Group in Shepparton, Victoria. It shows that the Shepparton schools merger plan was not formally agreed by all four school councils as required by the School Merger Guidelines.
We have evidence that the Shepparton Education Plan was not formally agreed to by all four school
councils as required by School Merger
Guidelines, prior to the announcement on
19 April, 2018, by Education Minister, James Merlino, that it would proceed.
Despite a requirement that the
motion to accept the model proposed by the Strategic Advisory Committee be
passed at a properly constituted meeting with a quorum, it appears that the
motion was not passed in accordance with School Merger Guidelines and School
An FOI request written in September, 2019 requesting written
advice to the Minister as required by School Merger Guidelines that all four
councils had voted on the plan at a meet ing with a quorum has been completed
and together with existing evidence appears to confirm that two of the four
schools did not pass the motion to
accept the recommendation of the
Strategic Advisory Committee of one school
on one site, based on the schools
within a school model, before the announcement in April 2018. It was not voted
on until months later when it was finally carried.
information is that three of the four schools did not pass the motion prior to
the announcement and it was never voted on by one and later ratified by two.
In fairness to
all concerned parties, this plan needs to be halted until this issue has been investigated
and satisfactorily addressed with adequate consultation with the families of
Greater Shepparton as requested at a public meeting in August, 2019.
The following is a letter by a member of the Stop Shepparton Super-School group in response to a refusal by the local Independent MP, Suzanna Sheed, to discuss the super-school proposal.
The Executive Committee of Save Our Schools No Transition in Shepparton has been trying for months to obtain a meeting with our local Independent MP, Suzanna Sheed, in order to present to her the reasons and concerns of members of the community that are against having one huge super school in Shepparton with no choice for schooling and poor communication about its planning.
We have been aggressively refused a meeting with Ms. Sheed. She needs to remember that she was elected to represent her constituents.
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