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The storm over school funding continues, and at its centre, how best to decide who pays. from www.shutterstock.com

Explaining Australia’s school funding debate: what’s at stake

Estimating parents' capacity to contribute to their children's schooling is both vital and politically sensitive. Schools with well-off parents get much less funding from government.
All Australian schools should provide high-quality education to all Australian students, including Indigenous ones. Shutterstock

How flexischools could help close the gap in Indigenous education

Flexischools appear to be doing Indigenous education better than mainstream schooling. To close the gap in education, we should look at what these schools are doing and apply it in the mainstream.
In the debate about Catholic school funding, it needs to be recognised that not all Catholic schools are the same. Shutterstock

Catholic schools aren’t all the same, and Gonski 2.0 reflects this

Catholic schools say they're losing money under Gonski 2.0, but this is only true for schools serving students in affluent areas – those in poorer areas will either be unaffected, or get more.
Results from the 2017 NAPLAN results showed very little improvement since the test was introduced 10 years ago. Richard Wainwright/AAP

NAPLAN has done little to improve student outcomes

NAPLAN is good at measuring some aspects of education, including knowledge difference between demographics, but has not produced a positive effect on student learning outcomes.
The government is making frantic efforts to seal a deal on its school plan before parliament adjourns for the winter break. Rob Blakers/AAP

Government reaches out to Catholics on Gonski 2.0

Simon Birmingham met Catholic education representatives on Monday night, receiving such a haranguing that at times it was difficult for him to get a word in.
The majority of support funding is used to ‘buy’ teacher aide time. from shutterstock.com

Not all students with a disability need funding

Accurate data is needed for how disability funding is being used in schools so that it can be allocated correctly.

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