The Guardian 28 Feb 2022 Chris Bonnor and Tom Greenwell

…The Gonski review found that in successful school systems internationally, students were able to achieve their best irrespective of their background or the school they attended. But that was less the case in Australia. The impact of family background on educational outcomes in Australia was much more pronounced than in comparable countries like Canada. And the gap in the learning outcomes between disadvantaged Australian children and their more privileged peers was growing….

…The Gonski review, somewhat heroically, explained how Australia’s schools were funded. Achieving greater equity, it said, was critical. We weren’t there in 2011; we still aren’t there today. As far as needs-based funding goes, all we have is a greater commitment to the rhetoric…

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