Stacey Fox and Megan O’Connell write in The Conversation (7.4.16) about the need for targeted government investment in the nation’s resource-poor schools, and the options available if the Gonki funding model is ‘off the table’.
‘Gearing up for an election battle over education, Labor’s policy pledges a substantial lift in funding through the final two years of Gonski, while the Liberals maintain that funding is not linked with improved results.
‘The government has not clearly indicated that needs-based, sector-blind funding is a priority going forward. Some children need additional resources to succeed at school. Not all schools need more money, but some clearly do.
‘It is not a question about whether to invest in bold and meaningful education policy, but how to invest, where it is needed, and in the areas that are proven to have impact.’