Reports often conceal the inflated capital funding that schools receive for things like play areas, swimming pools and gymnasiums.
The claim that school spending has increased is misleading and simplistic.
Education policy should focus on making sure that every student makes great progress, rather than accountability for test scores or teacher performance pay.
Focusing on progress – not just achievement – and investing in improving teaching practice will help to lift slipping standards in Australian schools.
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.
If a funding promise is later “unpromised”, does that constitute a cut?
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Among Labor's most popular refrains is the claim that the government has cut $80 billion from schools and hospitals. Is it true?
‘Labor leader Bill Shorten was wrong to claim an immediate GDP boost from his party’s education policy.’
Both parties are proposing to spend more on education, yet there is no guarantee that either will lift outcomes substantially.
Government wants to create a national test for reading, phonics and numeracy in Year 1.
Research shows linking teachers’ pay to performance has little impact on student achievement. Similar tests to the ones the government proposes for young children now face a backlash in the UK and US.
The Coalition want to standardised literacy and numeracy testing for students in years 1 and 12.
While schools receive an extra $1.2 billion in funding for 2018-20, reforms for higher education are delayed by a further year.
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.
Tuesday’s budget will provide a boost in funding for the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission.
Tuesday's budget will provide $153.6 million over five years to boost security arrangements for the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission.
‘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?
Is it fair to say universities are letting employers down?
Young people are pressured into university and many end up in unsuitable courses. We need to recognise these realities and be clear about the purpose of higher education so it doesn't lose its value.
Education standards in Australia are slipping.
International education tests reveal Australia has either stagnated or declined in many subject areas, including maths and science, while other countries have made big improvements. Why is this?
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.
Get ready: Nicky Morgan announces big changes ahead for schools.
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Unpacked: academy ramp-up, new teacher qualifications and school funding formula.
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.
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?
Opposition leader Bill Shorten announces a new schools funding policy, which reaffirms Labor’s commitment to the Gonski reforms.
Bill Shorten is pushing schools funding to the centre of this year’s election battle by committing to fully funding the Gonski blueprint.
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.