One recommendation to fix inequity in Australia is for the government to fund non-government schools to the same degree as government schools, while banning them from charging fees.
Schools funding doesn’t pass the playground test of fairness: state schools get less government funding than governments themselves say the schools need.
Needs-based funding is necessary, but it can only do so much. It’s much more effective if we don’t have schools with high concentrations of poverty and disadvantage.
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.
We need to address issues like access to resources, teacher professional development and ageing classrooms to get the full benefit of STEM education in primary schools.
For the first time, Education Minister Simon Birmingham has proposed a credible plan to deliver needs-based funding.
A new proposed deal on school funding delivers the Gonski funding within budget.