There is little regulation about how private schools spend public funding.
Australia’s school funding model provides high levels of public funding to private schools, while also allowing them to charge fees.
Should special deals with states and non-government sectors be removed?
A new school funding model being proposed aims to free up funds to help education ministers resolve their differences in state funding, and deliver needs-based funding in full.
University of Canberra professorial fellow Michelle Grattan and senior lecturer in political science Michael de Percy discuss the week in politics.
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.
Simon Birmingham said the government would work with the states for a new post-2017 deal ‘tied to evidence-based school improvement initiatives’.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has released figures to prepare the way for a major overhaul of federal funding for schools.
Children taking part in a philosophical discussion at Buranda State School in Brisbane.
Teaching philosophy for just one hour a week can improve children's progress in writing, maths and reading.
Is it fair to say that NAPLAN results have plateaued?
Claims made by politicians and the media about what does and does not improve education outcomes are repeated on a regular basis. But is there much truth in them?
Given how much money, time and effort has been invested in schooling reforms, why aren’t we seeing substantial improvement across Australia?
Average NAPLAN results don’t tell the full story. Diving into the details is essential if we are to understand what is going on in Australian education.
Should it be the government or the states that decide how money is spent in schools?
Mixed messages from the Coalition government around schools policy are not only confusing, but also raise deeper questions about whether they have a firm position on schooling at all.
Tony Windsor at his Werris Creek property with Mackdog, who’s a hit on social media.
There is one question that Tony Windsor, the high-profile former crossbencher from the Gillard years who is attempting a comeback in New England, is unwilling to answer. That is: in the (admittedly unlikely…
Bill Shorten is not a natural orator, but was passionate and persuasive in the more sober parts of his speech.
In his budget reply, Bill Shorten avoided the government's traps and wisely stressed his party's traditional strengths: health, education and social policy.
The federal government has announced it will give an extra $1.2 billion to schools.
So far the budget has given us more education gift cards to use in the stores of the federal government’s choosing - two more tests for children; one when they come into school and one when they leave.
‘The Coalition’s position on Gonski could change before the election.’
While Labor's policy proposals for schools are all mapped out, the Coalition has yet to specify its plans for education.
Increasing targeted needs-based school funding is an essential, but not sufficient, condition.
The federal government has argued consistently that more money does not lead to better educational outcomes. But is that right?
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.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten visiting Mercy Catholic College in the northern Perth suburb of Koondoola on Monday.
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Bill Shorten on Wednesday will launch a campaign to exploit Malcolm Turnbull's suggestion that it would be logical for state governments to take over full funding responsibility for public schools.
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.
Australians are some of the worst wasters in the developed world.
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Australia still rests too heavily on its luck, and not enough on its brains.
Bill Shorten has decided to go big (and early) on policy, but will it pay off?
In recent months the opposition has been on the policy front foot, but it's a risky strategy that has had mixed success for both major parties.
Bill Shorten sees a fresh opportunity to re-assert Labor as the Gonski saviour.
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Funding is one of the few areas Labor has left to distinguish itself from the Coalition when it comes to school policy at the national level.