- The SMH reports on the plan to solve overcrowding in NSW schools. April 27
- There have been some really silly (and contradictory) reports on the OECD student wellbeing study. Trevor C has found the information that reallky matters.
- 'The upside-down school funding debate is hurting students' Eryk Bagshaw in the SMH, April 24.
- 'Private schools push for separate Indigenous campuses to cash in on federal funds' Fairfax April 19. I think the headline says it all. Nice try. Follow up by SBS.
- Trevor Cobbold shows the links between tax dodges and schools. April 19. Sensible responses from Grattan's Peter Goss.
- Fairfax medie reports on ANU research with the headline 'Private school girls most likely to go to university' April 17. See Edu-fact check left.
- 'Our school funding system is unfair and holding Australia back. Here's how to fix it' Ken Boston, ABC news. Listen to the full RN report, The curious case of school funding in Australia, with four significant contributors.
- Trevor Cobbold has drawn attention to significant research in the US, pointing out the student achievement benefits of diversity within schools.
- 'Are virtual schools the answer?' SBS resport on Aurora College has implications for selective schools.
- "What did the rich kid say to the poor kid? Nothing. They never met." Bernie and I have done the footwork, but there are few like Ross Gittins to tell it like it is: 'The local school is in decline and stratification is to blame' Fairfax April 12.
- So we are going to have selective schools in the Catholic system? Is this the educational equivalent of revenge porn? It is hard to think of a more regressive initiative!
- 'Private Vs public: when parental fear comes up against the research' Josh Bornstein in The Guardian.
- Guess what? The school funding circus is back. Sky News reports. David Gillespie writes in the Courier Mail. The non-govs are screaming before they are hit (fees might go up, they say - that's new!). But nothing beats Bernie Shepherd's research which was reported in The Age. Tanya Plibersek might not want any school to lose a dollar but Trevor Cobbold shows how private schools are over-funded by up to $5 billion.
- Trevor Cobbold's 'How has it come to this?' is a well written expression of frustration shared by so many.
- Interesting article in The Oz reporting conflicting views of public/private school enrolments....with Catholic schools in the spotlight. Meanwhile the independent school lobby is pushing the buttons on school funding.
- Top Read. Every now and then you read a powerful reflective piece, written by a significant player, on how the school scene has changed. Lyndsay Connors asks:
- Helen Proctor and Arathi Sriprakash write about 'Selective schools' long and tangled history with race and class' in The Convo, March 29
- Trevor Cobbold has published a wonderful essay by Henry Grossek, about the impact of testing and labelling young people. Trevor also shows how Tax concessions for the wealthy deny adequate funding for disadvantaged students
- 'Peer pressures' Inside Story, March 15. Tom Greenwell reports on the way new PISA evidence confirms the strong link between SES and student performance.
- Interesting Fairfax report on Julia Gillard's view - eight years on - that My School and NAPLAN changed perceptions of schools.
- 'Should wealthy private schools and hospitals have charity status in Australia?' Matthew Harding opens an long-sealed can of worms in The Conversation, March 15.
- 'Socioeconomic disadvantage puts students three years behind, report finds' Guardian March 15. The best of various reports on recent PISA and TIMSS reports. 'Education disadvantage is a huge problem in Australia - we can't just carry on the same' Laura Perry follows in The Conversation with a telling commentary.
- 'Private schools are losing their magnetic pull' Ross Gittins in the SMH, March 14.
- The SMH (March 9) reports on selective schools as the bastions of inequality.... reporting on Christins Ho's work. The SMH (March 5) also reports on Aurora College, the online selective school in NSW. See comment below, as well as my contribution in Pearls and Irritations.
- Ross Gittins has given us the essence of his ACE speech in 'The sad truth about education: it's easier to blame someone else than fix the problem' SMH March 1
We'll include links from time to time. Do keep in touch with Save Our Schools. Trevor Cobbold's research is compelling and his site has excellent links to other sites.
September 2016: Institutionalised Inequality Published in Inside Story
June 2016: Uneven playing field: the state of Australian schools released by the Centre for Policy Development.
March 2016: School Daze - what My School really says about our schools.
February 2016: ...and half a story doesn't fit the facts. Our response to One school does not fit all, issued by the Centre for Independent Studies.
July 16th 2015: 'Private school, public cost' - Findings from My School 2015. First report in the SMH
Equity in Australian schooling - an update. (October 2014) What Gonski found to be bad we have found to be worse. Reports about it here and here. Also in Inside Story. UPDATED My School 6 version now available: Gonski, My School and the Education Market.
The public and private of student achievement (December 2014) Schools with similar students get similar results. Reported in the Sun Herald.
School funding and achievement - following the money trail (February 2015) Similar schools get similar results, so what does it cost? Read the main media report and our oped in the Guardian Australia.
Is the idea of a school community - at least in a geographic sense - a myth? Just a quarter of our schools have an enrolment that reflects their locality.