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Jack Keating discusses his new report on education with Peter Clarke

Peter Clarke 31 August 2009 139 words

Students at Artarmon Public School in Sydney (date unknown). State Records NSW



EDUCATION REFORM is back on the national agenda. Among the many issues being discussed are the need for a significant improvement in teaching skills and standards and the knotty and persistent problem of entrenched inequity of opportunities and outcomes. A marked flight away from government secondary schools has been amplified by the previous government’s approach to parental choice and funding patterns. Professor Jack Keating from the University of Melbourne has written a report, A New Federalism in Australian Education: A Proposal for a National Reform Agenda, which argues for a major shift in funding and accountability arrangements across government and non-government schools and between state and federal governments, a new national quality agency and better early childhood education. Jack Keating summarised the main thrust of his suggestions for .

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