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SOS: Public Schools Face a Funding Crisis; Private Schools Are in Clover

The latest figures published by the Australian Curriculum, Reporting and Assessment Authority (ACARA) show that government funding increases continue to massively favour private schools over public schools. As a result, Catholic and Independent schools are far better resourced than public schools in every state even though public schools enrol over 80 per cent of all disadvantaged students and 95 per cent of all disadvantaged schools are public schools. This funding trend is set to continue under current funding arrangements and more special deals for private schools from the Morrison Government. It is a recipe for continuing educational, social and economic inequality.

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SOS: New Study Shows that the Social Composition of Schools Strongly Influences School Results

There is extensive research evidence of the impact of family background on student results. Many studies from the United States, the United Kingdom, the OECD and Australia also show a school socio-economic composition (SEC) effect whereby students attending schools with a high concentration of students from poor families tend to have lower results than students from similar backgrounds attending schools with higher proportions of students from well-off backgrounds.

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SOS: Teachers say there is too much administrative work and stress in schools

Save our Schools: Over half of all secondary school teachers in Australia report that they have too much administrative work which takes away time for preparing for classes and is a major source of stress. Nearly one quarter say they experience a lot of stress at school. These are amongst the highest proportions in the OECD. They are significant factors behind teachers leaving the profession.

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Low SES Schools Have Far Less Resources than High SES Schools

Low SES Schools Have Far Less Resources than High SES Schools

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The Facts About School Funding in South Australia

The Facts About School Funding in South Australia

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More Studies Show That Money Really Does Matter in Education

More Studies Show That Money Really Does Matter in Education

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School Choice Increases Social Segregation and Inequity in Education

School Choice Increases Social Segregation and Inequity in Education

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On the Definition of Equity in Education

The Gonski Institute for Education recently published a valuable paper on equity in education titled Improving Educational Equity in Australian Education. It discusses what is equity, why equity in education matters and makes recommendations for improving equity in education.

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A simple moral choice: some children or all children?

A simple moral choice: some children or all children?

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Funding Increases for Private Schools Continue to Outstrip Increases for Public Schools

Funding Increases for Private Schools Continue to Outstrip Increases for Public Schools

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