11 June 2019

Dan Tehan’s big homework list

Here’s how the federal Education Minister can make a real difference over the next three years.

19 May 2019

Education: key challenges for the re-elected Coalition Government

In early childhood education, the Coalition needs to shift focus. It favours childcare at the expense of preschool, but both need investment.

16 May 2019

Lopsided funding gives more public money to private schools

More than 80% of the extra public money to schools over the past decade went to private schools, even though they educate fewer than 20% of Australia’s most disadvantaged students.

17 April 2019

Three things Australia’s next education minister must prioritise to improve schools

State governments may run schools, but federal decisions still make a big difference to the education of Australian children. Whoever becomes federal education minister after the May 18 election, he or she needs to put three things first: fixing school funding, establishing a national evidence institute, and reinforcing a commitment to reform of initial teacher education.

2 April 2019

Budget 2019: little new for schools, beyond window dressing

The Federal Government doesn’t run schools, and too many of the school education initiatives in the budget smack of the Commonwealth meddling in areas beyond its remit.

6 March 2019

What the next government needs to do to tackle unfairness in school funding

Private schools should never get more public dollars per student than comparable government schools. A decade ago, one in 20 private schools did. By 2016, it was more than one in three.

31 October 2018

No state has all the answers in school education

At the moment, no state or territory has all the answers. Each should learn from the others and do better, in pursuit of a national imperative: providing the best education for all children.

12 October 2018

Two steps forward, one step back in march towards fair outcome for schools

School funding is a journey, not a destination. The goal is not actually to get it right but to keep improving it. It will get off the front pages when it is good enough. Labor’s announcement is another step in that direction.

21 September 2018

Three charts on: why Catholic primary school parents can afford to pay more

Every government dollar should be spent where it will make most difference. The Coalition’s school funding fix is a good deal for Catholic and independent schools. It’s a bad deal for the rest of us.

29 August 2018

Five steps to fair school funding

Scott Morrison has given his new Education Minister, Dan Tehan, the task of sealing a deal on school funding. Here’s how Minister Tehan can pull it off, to the benefit of all Australian students and without resorting to special side deals.