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Catholic schools given free rein to spend $230m taxpayer ‘slush fund’

Catholic schools given free rein to spend $230m taxpayer ‘slush fund’

School funding expert Peter Goss said the agreement meant the sector could use the money to subsidise fees for primary school parents of higher socio-economic status, such as in inner-city Sydney and the north shore, where Catholic schools are set to have their government funding slashed.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos

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Ricky Grace charity dropped from running national Girls Academy program

Ricky Grace charity dropped from running national Girls Academy program

Federal Labor hold concerns for a school program mentoring 3000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls which has switched providers two months from Term 1.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
Disadvantage and the digital divide in education

Disadvantage and the digital divide in education

The Three Rs still matter, but so do the Three Ds: devices, dongles and data.

  • by Melodie Potts Rosevear
Old private school loan scheme costs government $122m over five years
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Old private school loan scheme costs government $122m over five years

High-fee schools Wenona, Ravenswood and Shore were subsidised thousands of dollars in 2019, in legacy funds from a scheme wealthy schools were excluded from 15 years prior.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Regional, rural schools seek funding sweetener

Regional, rural schools seek funding sweetener

About 50 independent schools, including more than a dozen from Victoria, say the new needs-based school funding regime threatens the future of many regional and remote non-government schools.

  • by Madeleine Heffernan
Griffith joins throng of Qld unis forced to cut staff amid a lack of foreign students

Griffith joins throng of Qld unis forced to cut staff amid a lack of foreign students

The university's decision to shed hundreds of jobs is the latest warning bell that the sector is struggling under a shortfall of international students due to COVID-19, the tertiary workers' union says.

  • by Stuart Layt
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Pandemic-tainted future puts school funding under microscope

Pandemic-tainted future puts school funding under microscope

Schools will get big increases in federal funding in coming years, but is the money going to the right places now priorities have shifted?

  • by Madeleine Heffernan
Labor and LNP's competing $1 billion education promises

Labor and LNP's competing $1 billion education promises

Labor’s $1 billion promise to upgrade Queensland schools has predictably been welcomed by the education sector, while the state opposition has vowed to spend the same amount on new teachers and aides.

  • by Lydia Lynch, Toby Crockford and Matt Dennien
Boarding schools seek AFL-style quarantine hub

Boarding schools seek AFL-style quarantine hub

Boarding schools are hoping international high school students will be allowed to quarantine in Queensland before heading off to boarding schools around the country.

  • by Madeleine Heffernan
Schools told not to press parents into paying for key learning materials

Schools told not to press parents into paying for key learning materials

The Department of Education directive has alarmed state school principals, who say they have always relied on parental contributions to deliver a full education and now face having to cut programs.

  • by Adam Carey
Deciphering the role of a teacher today, you'll need a translator
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Deciphering the role of a teacher today, you'll need a translator

A former principal decided to spend this week at the independent inquiry into the value of teaching. She can't wait for the teachers to have a say.

  • by Tracey Schreier