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From Gillard to Gonski 2.0: the twists and turns of education funding explained

David Gonski and Malcolm Turnbull announce ‘Gonski 2.0’ on Tuesday. Photograph: Joel Carrett/AAP From the Gillard government’s six-year needs-based school funding agreements to Malcolm Turnbull’s Gonski 2.0: how has the federal government proposed changing the funding of schools? How much is the federal government spending on schools? Canberra will spend $17.5bn this year on schools. With increases every year between ... Read More »

What education policies should the parties put in their election manifestos

Ross Sargent, parent and governor, early years centre, Cambridgeshire All the evidence suggests the more funding the better at the early years stages, and that represents the greatest return on investment. So the first thing has to be a promise not to cut in early years. I would love to see the people who are genuinely experts in education in ... Read More »

Seceding From Public Education

A letter to the editor I wrote recently on the virtues of school choice prompted some surprising feedback. My simple question—“When parents choose to patronize a school that better serves their child, why should we keep funneling billions of dollars to prop up a failing system that is serving no one well?”—elicited a lot more responses than I initially expected ... Read More »

Leaf plans merger with farm education charity

© Photofusion/Rex/Shutterstock Two of the leading farming and food educational organisations have announced they propose to merge to drive efficiencies and a strengthened joint education strategy. Leaf (Linking Environment and Farming) will join Face (Farming and Countryside Education), the leading educational charity working with schools to help young people understand the connection between farming and their daily lives. Leaf works ... Read More »

Inequality in Thai education still a major handicap

Whose fault is it that our Mathayom 6 (12th grade) students failed four out of five subjects on average in the latest round of the Ordinary National Educational Test (O-Net)? Most scored under 50% in mathematics, English, social studies and general sciences, and just scraped through on the fifth subject, Thai language. This reflects a nagging problem with Thailand’s education ... Read More »

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits private, public schools

MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a longtime advocate of charter schools, was visiting both private and public educational institutions during a busy two-day schedule in Miami-Dade. DeVos traveled in a sports utility vehicle under the guard of Secret Service special agents. She started her Thursday morning at the Christian Academy for Reaching Excellence Elementary School in Miami’s ... Read More »

Greening announces merger of education and skills funding

Education secretary Justine Greening The new, single funding body will be called the Education and Skills Funding Agency. It will be part of the Department for Education and start to operate from next month. The new agency will continue to carry out the roles of the Education and Funding Agency and the Skills Funding Agency and consequently it will be ... Read More »

Education Budget Cuts, Student Aid Problems And More

National K-12 and higher ed news came fast and furious this week. Here are our highlights to help you keep on top. The president’s “skinny budget” has cuts for education The biggest story of our week happened early Thursday morning when President Trump released his budget outline, historically known as a “skinny budget” because it has few details. The U.S. ... Read More »

Our education system is failing. It’s time to give grammar schools a go

‘The high fees of private schools, unaffordable to the majority, bring social success. This is an unacceptable situation for an advanced democratic country,’ writes Tony Pitman. Photograph: Alamy Simon Jenkins (The return of the 11-plus is Theresa May’s first real Trump moment, 9 March) seems to be happy with the status quo in education, but few others are. Employers are ... Read More »

Major education bill moves forward in Kentucky legislature

Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, presented SB1 Tuesday to the House Education Committee. Bud Kraft, Legislative Research Commission. The House Education Committee approved a wide-ranging public education bill Tuesday that would establish a new process for intervening in low-performing schools and would repeal the influence of the controversial Common Core in state classroom academic standards and statewide tests. The bill, ... Read More »