Push for Schools Reform

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AN ambitious new proposal for a national reform agenda for Australian schooling was released yesterday by Education Foundation (a division of The Foundation for Young Australians) in collaboration with The R.E. Ross Trust.

Prepared by Professor Jack Keating from the University of Melbourne the report highlights a number of structural weaknesses in Australia's education system and proposes a path towards a co-operative rather than competitive federalist approach to schooling.

A New Federalism in Australian Education was launched at a forum in Melbourne attended by many of Australia's leading education experts, policy makers and thinkers including John Dawkins AO, and former Australian treasurer Steve Bracks.

"At its heart, this report is about tackling some of the root causes of educational inequality. There are enormous social and economic benefits to be gained from a well-implemented reform of our schooling system," Professor Keating said.

Central to this report is the call for a multi-level, federalist approach to funding that prioritises schools with low completion rates and offers fee relief for low-income families. …