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Is the data correct that there are fewer bullies in elite schools, or is something else at play? FoxSchumacher/Flickr

Is your child less likely to be bullied in a private school?

Recent survey data revealed that twice as many parents of public school students reported their children had been bullied compared to private school parents.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne has distanced himself from the controversial proposals to withdraw federal funding from public schools, and means-test public school parents. AAP/Glenn Hunt

Leaked school funding proposals: should we be worried?

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.
All children must by law attend school, therefore the government has an obligation to provide quality public education, regardless of family status. Joe Castro/AAP

Withdrawing federal funding for public schooling would exacerbate two-tiered system

Fairfax press has reported the federal government’s green paper on reforming the federation has suggested four possible scenarios for school funding: Give states and territories complete funding responsibility…
When deciding where to send your kids to school, it’s about more than just the money. AAP

The strengths and benefits of Catholic and independent schools

Two recent pieces published on The Conversation (by Barbara Preston and Jennifer Chesters) argue that parents might be wasting their money paying for a non-government school education. They contend that…
Is there any evidence to suggest kids from private school have any more success later in life? AAP

Private schooling has little long-term pay-off

In a recent article for The Conversation, Barbara Preston examined the link between type of school attended and progress at university. Barbara concluded that after controlling for tertiary entrance score…
Private school, public results. Pimnana_01

Markets alone don’t raise standards in private schools

As the coalition government’s free schools continue to stir heated debate, the problem of how to maintain and raise standards and quality is front and centre. To tackle it, MPs have been looking more and…
Teachers and students have led calls for free and quality public education in Chile. Mario Ruiz/EPA

Sweeping reforms set to end for-profit education in Chile

Chile’s newly re-elected president Michelle Bachelet has announced a radical set of educational reforms that are set to review the country’s market-based approach to primary and secondary education. Bachelet’s…
Charging parents in affluent areas more for public schooling will only increase the inequity between schools. Flickr/Philip Bouchard

Wealthier parents shouldn’t pay even more for public schooling

The recent proposal for wealthier families to pay higher fees for public schooling is unworkable and counter-productive on a number of levels. It’s not generally known that the fees levied and collected…

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