- Late July: NSW is to review entry to selective schools to try to widen their reach beyond the wealthy. Selective schools back on the agenda. Meanwhile someone has proposed that we have selective primary schools in NSW.
- Quite a detailed explanation of Gonski 2.0 is on ABC Fact Check.
- Terms of reference for the Gonski 2.0 review available here. Information about the reviewers available here. Fin Review points to Ken Boston as the key to its work. Ross Gittins shows the economic importance of getting it right. But in a timely warning Trevor Cobbold highlights recent research showing the real problems faced by disadvantaged students. If we don't fix this then not much else will work!! Trevor also reports on recent research indicating the critical importance of school-community links.
- Every couple of years the CIS flies the wealthy-public-school-parents-should-pay-fees kite. They are at it again. David Gillespie has a sharp response in The Courier Mail. Actually they do pay fees - they are called taxes.
- The Gonski 2.0 panel has been formed.....mainly school-based people plus Ken Boston and Lisa O'Brien. Ross Gittins ponders the task facing Gonski's second review. (Fairfax July 12).
- I ask whether the dust has really settled on Gonski, esp as they are currently providing 23% of Catholic school public funding ....and Matthew Knott writes on the problems facing state governments (like the need to cut private school funding). And while on funding, the ritual reporting of public school fee collections is on again, this time Fairfax.
- Lyndsay Connors' latest on Pearls and Irritations is 'Schools funding, unearthing the facts It follows her previous two significant contributions on the tangled education web, part one and part two.
Save our Schools has important posts recently on continuing over-funding deals for Catholic schools, also on the real impact of Gonski 2.0 on funding of the school sectors. The latter is a summary of Trevor's submission to the current Senate Inquiry. A real concern!
Various comments in the media have included one from Crispin Hull on the class divide in our schools, Matthew Knott reporting on the input from Peter Goss and the Grattan Institute - and also on the position being taken by Independent schools. Matthew Knott also reports on Catholic school funding distribution problems. Danielle Cronin puts the Catholic Schools perspective.
One person who offers thoughtful commentary on all these issues is retired principal Ivan Webb. He especially raises perspectives that many other people overlook. Check out his website
- Ross Gittins never fails to hit the mark: 'The key to jobs and growth too often overlooked' Fairfax, May 17. And Tom Greenwell asks: 'What should the Greens do with Gonski 2.0?' in Inside Story, May 15
- 'Most Victorian families don't send the kids to their local school, new data says' The Age, May 16 reporting on an AG report. This is something we've been showing for years.
- 'Revealed: the high-fee private schools to win big under the Gonski 2.0 changes' Fairfax May 17
- Few can take a step back and analyse the big issues like Dean Ashenden. Read 'A week is a long time in school politics' in Inside Story. Has good advice for all players and some sound solutions.
- Some more bits and pieces. SBS News reports that states will have to sign up for the new deal. NSW is up in arms because it has progressed on past pledges and has most to lose.
- 'Catholic schools say we should trust them on funding. This is not good enough' Grattan's Peter Goss and Julie Sonnemann in The Guardian with a comprehensive response to various claims.
- To fully understand the current campaign by Catholic school authorities we have to know the context. Lyndsay Connors provides background notes on Catholic school funding. Rather than funding cuts, the changes are designed to overcome the anomalies and inequities arising from previous deals.
- Still on Gonski, Dean Ashenden has been quick out of the blocks with Gonski is dead, long live Gonski (Inside Story). Bernie and I have 'Gonski's second coming' in Pearls and Irritations and in The Guardian we say that 'Catholic schools crying foul is a well-worn ritual, but funding levels can't be justified'.
- Meanwhile Catholic schools have their own needs funding problem, with the Fin Review telling more.
- Trevor Cobbold is still mining the recent PISA report and extracting gold. A very valuable report.
- Gonski 2.0, May 3. An essential move, notwithstanding great difficulties and reservations. Various reports in the SMH, ABC News, Comments on the politics from Mark Kenny, Jacqueline Maley, more to come..... Peter Goss explains much more in The Conversation. More explanation in The Guardian, as well as a round up of various reactions. The SMH lists the schools facing early cuts....maybe this is the time to re-read Peter Browne on the politics of school hit lists.
- The fantasy of Gonski funding. Much of this CIS report is quite good (if not original) - but the conclusions come straight from the CIS ideology tool kit. The Gonski review was fine - until Labor and the non-govs butchered the recommendations. Not sure how CIS can lament Gonski NOT being implemented while also suggesting it be abandoned.
- 'Furore over proposal to charge Catholic schools rent'. SMH April 28. Maybe the bishops should contemplate the possible link between full church schools and empty pews.
- The SMH reports on the plan to solve overcrowding in NSW schools. April 27
- There have been some really silly (and contradictory) reports on the OECD student wellbeing study. Trevor C has found the information that reallky matters.
- 'The upside-down school funding debate is hurting students' Eryk Bagshaw in the SMH, April 24.
- 'Private schools push for separate Indigenous campuses to cash in on federal funds' Fairfax April 19. I think the headline says it all. Nice try. Follow up by SBS.
- Trevor Cobbold shows the links between tax dodges and schools. April 19. Sensible responses from Grattan's Peter Goss.
- Fairfax medie reports on ANU research with the headline 'Private school girls most likely to go to university' April 17. See Edu-fact check left.
- 'Our school funding system is unfair and holding Australia back. Here's how to fix it' Ken Boston, ABC news. Listen to the full RN report, The curious case of school funding in Australia, with four significant contributors.
- Trevor Cobbold has drawn attention to significant research in the US, pointing out the student achievement benefits of diversity within schools.
- 'Are virtual schools the answer?' SBS resport on Aurora College has implications for selective schools.
- "What did the rich kid say to the poor kid? Nothing. They never met." Bernie and I have done the footwork, but there are few like Ross Gittins to tell it like it is: 'The local school is in decline and stratification is to blame' Fairfax April 12.
- So we are going to have selective schools in the Catholic system? Is this the educational equivalent of revenge porn? It is hard to think of a more regressive initiative!
- 'Private Vs public: when parental fear comes up against the research' Josh Bornstein in The Guardian.
- Guess what? The school funding circus is back. Sky News reports. David Gillespie writes in the Courier Mail. The non-govs are screaming before they are hit (fees might go up, they say - that's new!). But nothing beats Bernie Shepherd's research which was reported in The Age. Tanya Plibersek might not want any school to lose a dollar but Trevor Cobbold shows how private schools are over-funded by up to $5 billion.
- Trevor Cobbold's 'How has it come to this?' is a well written expression of frustration shared by so many.
- Interesting article in The Oz reporting conflicting views of public/private school enrolments....with Catholic schools in the spotlight. Meanwhile the independent school lobby is pushing the buttons on school funding.
We'll include links from time to time. Do keep in touch with Save Our Schools. Trevor Cobbold's research is compelling and his site has excellent links to other sites.
September 2016: Institutionalised Inequality Published in Inside Story
June 2016: Uneven playing field: the state of Australian schools released by the Centre for Policy Development.
March 2016: School Daze - what My School really says about our schools.
February 2016: ...and half a story doesn't fit the facts. Our response to One school does not fit all, issued by the Centre for Independent Studies.
July 16th 2015: 'Private school, public cost' - Findings from My School 2015. First report in the SMH
Equity in Australian schooling - an update. (October 2014) What Gonski found to be bad we have found to be worse. Reports about it here and here. Also in Inside Story. UPDATED My School 6 version now available: Gonski, My School and the Education Market.
The public and private of student achievement (December 2014) Schools with similar students get similar results. Reported in the Sun Herald.
School funding and achievement - following the money trail (February 2015) Similar schools get similar results, so what does it cost? Read the main media report and our oped in the Guardian Australia.
Is the idea of a school community - at least in a geographic sense - a myth? Just a quarter of our schools have an enrolment that reflects their locality.