School funding

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Inquiry into measurement and outcome-based funding in New South Wales schools
Glenn Fahey
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…

Overcoming the Odds: A study of Australia’s top-performing disadvantaged schools
Blaise Joseph
18 March 2019 | RR39

Students from disadvantaged social backgrounds perform worse on average academically than more advantaged students. This study investigated Australia’s top-performing disadvantaged schools in terms of literacy and numeracy results, with the aim of finding any common policies and practices which have led to their success. Nine…

What the Gonski 2 Review got wrong
Jennifer Buckingham, Blaise Joseph
17 June 2018 | PP6

The Gonski 2 Review into Australian schools failed to fulfill its terms of reference to examine the evidence regarding the most effective teaching and learning strategies, and to provide advice on how the extra federal government funding for schools should be used to improve student…

The Fantasy of Gonski Funding: The ongoing battle over school spending
Blaise Joseph
30 April 2017 | RR26

The Gonski Report has not been implemented – there is no such thing as ‘Gonski funding.’  The current school funding benchmark is unreasonably high. There were several fundamental issues with the Gonski Report to begin with. There are viable alternative school funding options which should…

Productivity Commission Inquiry Into Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Submission in response to issues paper
Trisha Jha
01 July 2016 | CIS Submission

The Human Services Inquiry is ‘examining policy options in the human services sector that incorporate the principles of competition, contestability and informed user choice’. This submission puts the case that such policies have the potential to improve quality, equity, efficiency, and accountability and responsiveness in…

Media & Commentary

Give low-income parents a school choice
Glenn Fahey, Blaise Joseph
13 August 2020 | Ideas@theCentre

We have to stop using private schools as a scapegoat for everything wrong with Australian education. It’s recently been argued that to improve equity non-government schools should receive more public…

Give low-income parents a school choice: that's the key to equity
Glenn Fahey, Blaise Joseph
13 August 2020 | Sydney Morning Herald

We have to stop using private schools as a scapegoat for everything wrong with Australian education. Former NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli has argued this week that non-government schools should…

Towards a V-shaped educational recovery
Glenn Fahey
21 June 2020 | Canberra Times

Now that all school students have returned to class, we must tackle the hard part, reversing the educational decline due to unnecessary and prolonged school closures. The education penalty borne…

Why funding changes for non-government schools don't go far enough
Glenn Fahey
24 May 2020 | Canberra Times

Every shake-up of school funding creates controversy. And the new means-testing for school funding has put the spotlight on some disparities between regional schools and their inner-city counterparts. But all…

Smart school funding a problem-solver
Glenn Fahey

As is customary, new changes to school funding have carved up winners and losers. To finally put to bed, it’s time for a market-based makeover. New Department of Education data…