Edu-fact check
Every now and then we come across a claim about schools that doesn't add up. My School data helps us call it for what it is. See our latest and our categories below.

Scott Morrison sending his kids to private school because a state school over a thousand kilometres away used "skin curling" sexuality material.... is drawing a very long bow. Smacks of Edu-fable.   

Among the many dated observations in Frank Brennan's article is this one: "Non-government schools are largely dependent on the fees paid by parents to reach a reasonable resource level." The current reality is that for a majority of non-gov schools it is gov funding that now provides the bulk of their recurrent income. Brennan's claim is an Edu-fallacy.   

Christian Schools Australia claims to represent schools "that are populated primarily by Indigenous Australians" Not true, as I demonstrate in A creeping Indigenous separation. They do enrol many, particularly in remote areas, but "primarily" overall? No. Their statement is Edu-fiction.  

Edu-fact: confirmed by evidence
Edu-fiction: not supported by facts
Edu-fable: not quite the whole story 
Edu-falsehood: basically a lie
Edu-fabrication: a constructed lie       
Edu-fallacy:well-intentioned but wrong
Edu-feasible: could be something in it
Edu-foible: a rather silly statement
Edu-fantasy: a figment of imagination
Edu-fiddle: a half-truth 
Edu-faith: belief rather than evidence
Edu-furphy: a bit of a rumour
Edu-fluff: statement that adds little
Edu-fallshort: doesn't go far enough
Edu-fib: let's call it what it is!
Edu-futility: You must be kidding!
Edu-fishing trip: Looking for a bite
Edu-fraud: self-explanatory
Edu-fudge: an overstatement
Edu-flunk: a failure to substantiate
Edu-flip-flop:a tactical re-think
Edu-fury:expressing great displeasure

Please email Chris if you want to challenge any findings. One resource we use is School Daze, which also includes many of the graphs we'll show on this site. 

Edu-comment:  I'm starting to research the public cost of school choice and duplication of schools. So far I've found that competing small gov and non-gov schools in 100 NSW towns cost governments (state and federal) $30m extra each year. Watch this space!
JULY 2018

Want to see Edu-Latest going back to 2008? Click here  
With help from Chris Ho and Garry Richards I've taken a close look at this. 
The columns show the percentage of Indigenous students in different ICSEA groups of schools. 
The arrows show their changing share of the most advantaged (red) and disadvantaged (black) students.
The lowest ICSEA government schools have large Indigenous enrolments AND an increasing share of the most disadvantaged. Higher ICSEA schools also enrol Indigenous students BUT their share of the disadvantaged in general is falling. 
The enrolment of Indigenous students is resembling the way we slice and dice all students: the advantaged are going to higher ICSEA schools...the strugglers increasingly in a class of their own...strugglers. This doesn't close any gaps!  Something to remember next time a sector boasts about their enrolment of Indigenous kids. Their little blow for "equity" is just another part of the problem!  
About us
This site monitors media comment and research on the educational issues that matter. To contribute your sources and links email Chris:  bonnorc@gmail.com

Just out (July 2018):
Institutionalised Separation - the impact of selective schools. This is the second in our In a class of their own series with CPD. The first was A creeping Indigenous separation. 

Released June 2017

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.

Here are the widely reported stories about Australia's schools, from my previous work with Bernie Shepherd and now with Chris Ho and Garry Richards.

OUR LATEST is A creeping Indigenous separation  published February 2018

The Vanishing Private School, published end of January 2017 and reported in The Guardian. 

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.