The Conversation | 5 September 2013

Getting past Gonski: school equity beyond the electionPol

Inequity in our education system is worsening, with advantaged students attending advantaged schools, and leaving the disadvantaged worse off. In this excerpt from their Pushing our luck chapter ‘Getting past Gonski: every child deserves a good school’, Jane Caro and Chris Bonnor outline the problems and ask for a solution.

“Greater funding, if carefully applied, can shift the achievement, enrolment profile and image of these schools. Certainly the evidence shows that such an investment can make a difference to student achievement. The investment and achievement is essential to entice middle class families back to their local schools.”

Without change however, this inequity will at some point outrun even the solutions proposed by the Gonski review of school funding.

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