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What an amazing time it has been in the political realm over recent weeks. Who would have thought that there would be tectonic changes within the continental plate of school funding in such a short amount of time? In the light of this, May’s eNews is a short one and will cover these funding issues and the budget.

If you are coming to Canberra, see you there. We will be hosting the AACS AGM on a nice boat on Lake Burley Griffin on Sunday and this is followed by a CEA discussion meeting in the evening, Then the National Policy Forum and Symposium follows on Monday to Wednesday.

Cheers, Martin


Short Updates

This May’s budget is different. There are significant changes with an agreement that…

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Long Updates

Gonski 2.0 – The Politics

What a firestorm of response the government received after they released their schools funding proposals just two weeks ago…

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Your Gui de to Understanding Gonski 2.0

I have prepared an explanation to assist in understanding the model. The funding model is complex and the language…

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Worthwhile Articles About Funding

I have previously appreciated Glenn Savage’s (Melbourne University) insights and balance in education debates. Here he provides…

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Senate Inquiry

With the tabling of the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017 on Thursday May 11, the Coalition must have agreed…

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Budget Overview

There are so many budget summaries out there and many a lot wiser than I have captured it. For AIS members you will have received…

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Vouchers and Charter Schools and Gonski Funding of Disadvantage

Talk about unfortunate timing. The Centre for Independent Studies released a new report on vouchers and charter schools but…

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Faith and Belief Report

The new McCrindle Report is freely available on line and is full of most helpful insights and statistics. Those coming to the NPF will be able to hear Mark McCrindle share how faith is going in Australia, an issue of huge importance to Christian schools.

Click here for the report. 

Letter to a Young Philosopher

Comment weekly is a newsletter edited by James K. A. Smith and comes out of the Cardus stable. I find it most worthwhile. They recently repeated this essay from…

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ACER Conferences

These two ACER conferences look interesting. 

  • Excellence in Professional Practice’ – a conference exploring best practice in education; presented by practitioners, for practitioners. May 25-26, Gold Coast, Qld. Click here for the registration page. 
  • Research Conference 2017. ‘Leadership for Improving Learning: Insights from Research’, 27-29 August, Melbourne. Click here for the registration page.


The Future of Australian Values and ANZAC

In an outstanding article in Ethos (Centre for Christianity and Society) (May 1) Stephen Chavura traces the place of ANZAC Day in Australian culture and…

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Is ANZAC Australia’s Secular Religion?

Carolyn Holbrook in The Conversation (April 25), contrasts the commercial debasement of Easter and Christian over against the protection that ANZAC gets, and suggests…

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Meet Julia

The Conversation (April 28) ran a story on the introduction (debuted of a new Sesame Street puppet – Julia, a sweet four-year-old preschooler with red hair, a wide smile

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