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Glenn Fahey

Research Fellow in Education Policy

Glenn Fahey

Glenn Fahey is a Research Fellow in Education Policy, with a particular focus on education finance and accountability. Prior to joining the CIS, Glenn has held both policy- and research-intensive positions at the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (OECD), Institute for Public Policy and Governance (University of Technology Sydney), and the Australian Treasury. Most recently, Glenn’s work has included conceptual development of an accountability framework to support strategic governance of education systems across OECD countries. Glenn’s work has been published in academic journals including: Policy and Politics, Public Administration Quarterly, and Public Finance and Management, as well as in the OECD Education Working Paper Series. Glenn has been awarded a Master of Economics (University of New England), Master of International Relations (University of New South Wales), Bachelor of Economics (University of New South Wales), and Bachelor of Social Science (University of New South Wales).


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Featured Publication

Media & Commentary

  • More than money to move the educational needle 12 December 2020 | CANBERRA TIMES
    New CIS research shows that sustained, record increases to school funding are not improving Australia’s education outcomes. This rubbishes the default approach of policymakers, who lean on ramping up funding to do all the education policy heavy lifting. For decades,…
    New CIS research shows that sustained, record increases to school funding are not improving Australia’s education outcomes. This rubbishes the default approach of policymakers, who lean on ramping up funding to do all the education policy heavy lifting. For decades,…
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  • It's not giving a Gonski but better teachers that improve schools 06 December 2020 | Financial Review
    Taxpayer funding for schools has climbed to about $16,000 per student and exceeds $60 billion a year. At the same time, student achievement in the OECD-run Programme for International Student Assessment has plummeted faster than in just about any other country.…
    Taxpayer funding for schools has climbed to about $16,000 per student and exceeds $60 billion a year. At the same time, student achievement in the OECD-run Programme for International Student Assessment has plummeted faster than in just about any other country.…
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  • Time for smart school funding reform 04 December 2020 | Ideas@theCentre
    New CIS research shows that sustained, record increases to school funding are not improving Australia’s education outcomes. Dollars and Sense: Time for smart reform of Australian school funding outlines that for too long, education policy has been weighed down by…
    New CIS research shows that sustained, record increases to school funding are not improving Australia’s education outcomes. Dollars and Sense: Time for smart reform of Australian school funding outlines that for too long, education policy has been weighed down by…
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  • While our schools coach kids in social activism, literacy takes a back seat 27 October 2020 | The Australian
    School students are being groomed for social activism while too many are still functionally illiterate as they leave the classroom. A new OECD report shows that Australia’s school system has an excess focus on students developing “awareness of global issues”.…
    School students are being groomed for social activism while too many are still functionally illiterate as they leave the classroom. A new OECD report shows that Australia’s school system has an excess focus on students developing “awareness of global issues”.…
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  • Quantity ≠ quality 23 October 2020 | Ideas@theCentre
    The class of 2020 began HSC exams this week — but not all will benefit as gainfully from the rite of passage as in the past. Among the chief objectives of education policy in recent decades has been to lift…
    The class of 2020 began HSC exams this week — but not all will benefit as gainfully from the rite of passage as in the past. Among the chief objectives of education policy in recent decades has been to lift…
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Publications

  • Dollars and Sense: Time for smart reform of Australian school funding 01 December 2020 | RR40
    Australia is among the world’s highest-spending countries on schooling. Yet, the educational return on this investment for parents, taxpayers, employers, and students, has deteriorated — despite the expectation of policymakers that increased funding would inevitably improve educational outcomes. It’s true that money matters when it comes to schooling, but how…...
    Australia is among the world’s highest-spending countries on schooling. Yet, the educational return on this investment for parents, taxpayers, employers, and students, has deteriorated — despite the expectation of policymakers that increased funding would inevitably improve educational outcomes. It’s true that money matters when it comes to schooling, but how…
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  • Parents’ perspectives on home-based learning in the covid-19 pandemic 30 September 2020 | AP15
    School closures during the covid-19 pandemic temporarily shifted schooling from the classroom to the home. This paper provides an insight into parents’ perspectives of this experience of home-based learning. The research shows parents have a wide range of views on how, how often, and how well schooling was carried out.…...
    School closures during the covid-19 pandemic temporarily shifted schooling from the classroom to the home. This paper provides an insight into parents’ perspectives of this experience of home-based learning. The research shows parents have a wide range of views on how, how often, and how well schooling was carried out.…
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  • Pain without gain: Why school closures are bad policy 24 May 2020 | PP28
    The decision by state and territory governments to strongly advise parents to keep their children at home and essentially close schools went against the health, economic, and educational evidence. There was little health benefit, while there were substantial economic and educational costs. Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, New South Wales, and…...
    The decision by state and territory governments to strongly advise parents to keep their children at home and essentially close schools went against the health, economic, and educational evidence. There was little health benefit, while there were substantial economic and educational costs. Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, New South Wales, and…
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  • What Do Parents Want From Schools? 20 November 2019 | PP26
    Educational freedom and proper use of resources are both crucial in producing the best outcomes for school students. This paper provides an insight into parental perspectives of the current state of school choice and resourcing. The research results reveal the areas of importance to parents and how they and their…...
    Educational freedom and proper use of resources are both crucial in producing the best outcomes for school students. This paper provides an insight into parental perspectives of the current state of school choice and resourcing. The research results reveal the areas of importance to parents and how they and their…
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  • Inquiry into measurement and outcome-based funding in New South Wales schools 31 August 2019
    The Portfolio Committee on Education in the NSW Legislative Council has set up an inquiry into measurement of outcomes in schools, and proposals for outcome-based funding. The inquiry has been prompted by school funding based on inputs failing to improve education outcomes — as CIS has long outlined, how money…...
    The Portfolio Committee on Education in the NSW Legislative Council has set up an inquiry into measurement of outcomes in schools, and proposals for outcome-based funding. The inquiry has been prompted by school funding based on inputs failing to improve education outcomes — as CIS has long outlined, how money…
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