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If not Gonski funding, then what?

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.
Bill Shorten sees a fresh opportunity to re-assert Labor as the Gonski saviour. Joel Carrett/ AAP

Labor’s struggle to remain ‘the education party’

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.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten announces a new schools funding policy, which reaffirms Labor’s commitment to the Gonski reforms. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Bill Shorten promises Labor would implement the full Gonski

Bill Shorten is pushing schools funding to the centre of this year’s election battle by committing to fully funding the Gonski blueprint.
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…
The 2015 budget has confirmed the Coalition’s “Gonski-lite” school funding model. AAP/Jenny Evans

Education budget can’t shake the Gonski ghost

The budget has dribs and drabs of funds for various school projects, but they pale in comparison to the Gonski money we're missing out on.
Larger class sizes can have negative impacts on disadvantaged students. www-audio-luci-store-it/Flickr

Class size does matter: at least for disadvantaged students

A recent report by the Victorian Competition & Efficiency Commission has suggested that reducing class sizes in the state has not improved student academic performance. The report said that despite…

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