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What Do Parents Want From Schools?
Glenn Fahey
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…

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…

Media & Commentary

More than money to move the educational needle
Glenn Fahey
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…

CIS victory on phonics
Tom Switzer
05 December 2020 | CIS

Sinking scores, poor sentence construction, misspelling words. In recent years, the process of teaching school children to read and write has been such a disaster across the nation there was…

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…