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Gonski Again

The Gonski machinations continue and are still a source of considerable uncertainty and concern, especially for stand alone independent schools. Consider the following: • As we face the end of an extended funding quadrennium and the need for some funding certainty well before the end of this year; • As we face an election period that looks, on current evidence, highly likely to deliver a change in government; • As we look back on some valuable findings in the Gonski Report; • As we consider the results of the government’s response to Gonski and its modelling of those proposals; • As we face the challenges of developing responsible budgets for 2014 and beyond; • As we weigh up the very unstable data and the daily changes still taking place to the actual details of the package that will eventually be written into the legislation that the government plans to put...

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The Coalition’s Position

AACS, together with representatives of the Adventist schools and CSA schools, recently met with Christopher Pyne, Shadow Minister for Education, to urge him to declare in much greater detail the Coalition’s consolidated response to the current funding contortions and developments and to present the Coalitions….

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State Reform Agendas

Along with the Gonski Reforms, State Governments are rolling out their own parallel reform programs. For the most part, these programs mirror the five NPSI areas of the Federal Government. They will be the vehicles through which the Federal Government will effect implementation of the standards and requirements of the…

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The Royal Commission into Child Abuse

With the Royal Commission only just starting to gather evidence of this tragic phenomenon in our society, we can be sure to be confronted with some harrowing stories that will potentially show up weaknesses in…

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The Australian School Performance Institute

As a part of the roll out of Gonski, the Minister has announced the formation of the Australian School Performance Institute. This is big government writ large and, though perhaps well-intentioned, there are several aspects of this announcement that should…

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Additional Resources

Here are some additional information and resources that might be of interest.

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