School funding inequities persist along racial and economic lines.
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Local control over school funding leads to uneven resources between districts, two legal scholars maintain.
A decade ago, it was hoped the Gonski reforms would level the playing field for Australian students, but the system is now even more unfair. A new book lays out how it all went wrong.
Learning recovery requires both in-school and out-of-school programmes.
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Researchers estimate that COVID-19 disruptions in 2020 set back the education system by five years.
Anthony Albanese on Tuesday will promise $440 million on better ventilation in schools, building upgrades, and mental health support for children as pupils get ready to return to school
As more normalcy returns to schools, will arts education programs rebound?
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Even before the pandemic, access to arts programs and qualified instructors varied greatly among schools and districts.
Schools in predominantly Black communities receive less funding, even though Black homeowners pay higher tax rates.
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A school finance expert and an education law scholar make the case for why reparations should be paid to African Americans by changing the way schools are funded.
Low-cost air-ventilation systems have been installed in many classrooms across the U.S. to help reduce COVID-19 transmission.
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Air-ventilation upgrades have been badly needed in U.S. classrooms since long before the pandemic. Low-tech filtration systems that cost about the same as a textbook per student can make a big difference.
More than half of U.S. public school students are children of color, while most of their teachers are white.
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Teacher turnover is higher among Black and Latino teachers than white teachers. An education policy expert explains what schools can do to reverse the trend.
Texas has collected and spent more money on wind energy than any other state.
Despite a growth in revenue from wind farms, many rural school districts are being nudged by policy and law to spend the money on buildings and not instruction.
Students arrive at Dartmouth High School in Dartmouth, N.S., on Sept. 8, 2020.
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A policy of “choice” for full-time online schooling would weaken public education, erode funding for in-classroom supports and drive those who can afford it to private education.
Parents don’t only pay for private schools. Many public schools ask parents to make ‘voluntary contributions’, and many more are upping their fundraising game.
A former education minister recently suggested Australian governments fully fund private primary schools, like Canada does. But a Canadian educational researcher says this isn’t accurate.
Fully funding private primary schools would significantly decrease inequity in Australia. And it wouldn’t cost the government too much more than it’s already spending on education.
Sustainability must be the centrepiece of the UK’s investment in school buildings.
The struggle between the federal and state governments over when face-to-face teaching should resume in Australian schools is the latest in a long-running battle.
Private schools are set to get a boost of billions under a new formula that links government funding to parents’ incomes rather than the socioeconomic profile of where they live.
Estonia spends less per student than Australia, but its average wages are lower too.
Australia spends virtually the same on schools as the Estonian government, once wage differences are taken into account.
Research shows that school funding impacts student achievement.
Democratic plans to boost school funding are rooted in research that shows more funding really does boost achievement for low-income students.
School funding doesn’t add up.
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Children in classrooms – particularly in disadvantaged areas – are already feeling the very real effects of funding cuts.
By making funding dependent on school outcomes, the government is intensifying an audit culture that marginalises vulnerable students.
Governments usually measure outcomes by standardised tests, such as NAPLAN. If schools are scrambling to improve their outcomes to gain funding, this can have a detrimental effect on teaching quality.