Chris Bonnor AM

Chris Bonnor AM is a retired secondary school principal and a previous head of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council. Chris was co-author with Jane Caro of two books published by UNSW Press, The Stupid Country: How Australia is dismantling public education and What makes a good school. He is a contributing author to CPD book’s More Than Luck: Ideas Australia Needs Now in 2010 and Pushing our luck: ideas for Australian progress in 2013. Chris is a regular writer and commentator on education issues, and has published several reports with CPD, including Uneven playing field: the state of Australia’s schools and four titles in the In a class of their own series.

C. Ho, G. Richards and C. Bonnor
A Creeping Indigenous Separation (February 2018), available

B. Shepherd and C. Bonnor
Losing the Game: State of our schools in 2017 (June 2017), available

B. Shepherd and C. Bonnor
Uneven playing field: the state of Australia’s schools (June 2016), available


20 April 2018 | Inside Story
Has Gonski stepped outside the square?

19 February 2018 | The Guardian
Most Indigenous students consigned to schools with least capacity to help

21 June 2017 | The Guardian
We've been watching an unfolding disaster in schools for years. Gonski 2.0 could turn it around

3 May 2017 | The Guardian
Is Gonski 2.0 skilful trickery or chance to get schools funding right? Expert panel responds

11 April 2017 | Sydney Morning Herald
The local school is in decline and stratification is to blame

30 January 2017 | The Guardian
Can we really call schools private when they get so much public money?

20 September 2016 | The Age
State school fees climb to $3243

6 August 2016 | Financial Review
A dangerous achievement gap is growing in Australia's schools

5 August 2016 | Crikey
What NAPLAN results really tell us

3 August 2016 | The Guardian
The Naplan trap: the other side of the plateau is a long downward slope

3 August 2016 | The Guardian
Naplan results show disadvantaged children left to languish, expert says

3 August 2016 | The Guardian
Coalition calls for less focus on Gonski funding as Naplan scores plateau

2 June 2016 | Inside Story
School’s out during the long election campaign

1 June 2016 | The Guardian
Federal aid for private schools to outstrip funding to similar state schools

1 June 2016 | The Age
Private school students to receive $1000 more in government funds than public students by 2020

31 May 2016 | The Age
Election 2016: Harsh truths for both sides on school funding, but we'll just muddle on