While it may not be perfect, Gonski 2.0 greatly improves equity in the way we fund Australian schools.
The passage of the new schools funding program is a big win for Australian children.
In Australia, around 41% of students go to private secondary schools.
If we look at enrolment figures for public secondary schools, it's untrue to say the steady drift towards private schools has been reversed.
Labor must explain how its additional funding will benefit students.
Here's why Labor’s figure for school funding is too high.
Children’s needs are not always catered for in the public school system .
Public schools are spaces in which equality can either be supported or weakened.
A new model proposes to fix school funding arrangements.
A new proposed deal on school funding delivers the Gonski funding within budget.
Some children spend the school holidays studying in tutoring centres.
While some parents are investing in tutoring and preparing for examinations from an early age, others are strongly rejecting this approach. Why is this?
Education Minister Simon Birmingham is calling for a new education funding model to replace Gonski.
Instead of a needs-based model, we ended up with an inconsistent patchwork of approaches across Australian states and territories that protected the vested interests of non-government schools.
Low-cost private schooling isn’t accessible to children in Nigeria’s rural areas.
It's unusual for children in Nigeria's rural areas to have any access to private schooling, even if it's of the low-cost variety. They must rely instead on poorly resourced government schools.
Should the government both manage and regulate school systems in Australia?
Responsibility for the operation of public schools needs to be separated from the policymaking and regulatory functions and put into a separate authority.
The education system can do more to meet the needs of individual children.
It is not a question about whether to invest in bold and meaningful education policy, but how to invest, where it is needed, and in the areas that are proven to have impact.
The government’s proposal looks like nothing more than a cost shifting exercise.
The prime minister's proposal to cease federal funding for public schools is a response to a budgetary problem, not a way to improve educational outcomes.
Research shows that teachers are one of the main factors influencing a student’s learning outcomes.
There is no straightforward answer, but research shows there are some key things to consider when choosing a school which might help determine where to send your child.
Labor has announced it would fully fund Gonski if it wins government.
Labor has announced it will commit to fully funding Gonski, with a reform package costing $37.3 billion over the next decade.
But is this actually what the Gonski review recommended?
Most of the new schools needed will be primary schools.
Inner-city parents in urban redevelopment zones are the most likely to have problems getting their children into a government school.
The government see private schools as the solution to quality.
The dumping of Gonski education funding model will inevitably increase social inequality – funding for public schools will reduce while support for private schools increase.
It mightn’t be fancy, but here’s why it’s my choice.
I am embarking on the enrolment process for my daughter at the moment and I have chosen the local state school. It runs at an average on the My School website, below average on like schools, and it has had a long reputation for being rough. So why have I chosen it?
Introducing a new type of school will only make things worse for Australia’s already inequitable system.
Feeding yet more choice and competition into a system that has such distorted forms of both can only compound our problems.
Is the data correct that there are fewer bullies in elite schools, or is something else at play?
Recent survey data revealed that twice as many parents of public school students reported their children had been bullied compared to private school parents.
“How much cash” is the wrong debate to be having about school funding.
Political debates around school funding focus on public versus private, which party is the Gonski champion, and who gets the most money. All of these debates miss the point.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne has distanced himself from the controversial proposals to withdraw federal funding from public schools, and means-test public school parents.
The leak of four reform proposals for Australian schooling has triggered panic and confusion across the country. But while at first glance the proposals may seem worrying, they need to be put in context.