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We have the evidence for what works in schools, but that doesn’t mean everyone uses it

A survey of 414 schools across four states has found most school leaders and teachers do not regularly draw on research-based evidence of the sort universities provide.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, signs a bill that creates a new voucher program for thousands of students to attend private schools using taxpayer dollars. Lynne Sladky/AP

School vouchers expand despite evidence of negative effects

Research over the past few years has shown vouchers for private schools set back student learning. So why are advocates still pushing so hard to expand them?
To enhance the opportunities for children, we need to ensure we have vibrant and valued rural communities with a strong social and economic future. Shutterstock

How to solve Australia’s ‘rural school challenge’: focus on research and communities

A government review of regional, rural and remote education tells us we need to recognise the uniqueness of and understand successes in these communities to improve outcomes for these students.
Research shows play-based programs for young children can provide a strong basis for later success at school. Shutterstock

Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond

Research shows play-based learning programs enhance children’s learning outcomes and teaches them skills relevant to the 21st century, such as problem-solving and creativity.
For Australian school kids to get the most benefit out of school funding reforms, the Commonwealth government must take a hands-off approach. AAP/Lukas Coch

Why the Commonwealth should resist meddling in schools

The shift in the education debate from “how much” to “how best” is a welcome change, but for students to feel the full benefit the federal government must resist intervening.

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