Higher education beckons as buyout houses head back into the classroom
Financial News, 27 Feb 2012
The UK government ispoised to smooth the passage for private investment in higher education,creating an opportunity for private equity investors to make a mark on thesector.http://www.efinancialnews.com/story/2012-02-27/uk-priavte-equity-higher-education
Acclaim, but will Gonski fly?
Sydney Morning Herald, February 24, 2012
David Gonski believes an extra $5billion should be pumped into education to reverse the slippage in school performance.
ONE of the remarkable feats of the Gonskireport on school funding is something that has been impossible until now — atruce in the bitter feud between public and private school lobby groups.
Since it was released last week, the reporthas won acclaim from teacher unions, principals and parent groups that havespent decades sparring over the carve up of public money for government,Catholic and independent schools.
Other key groups, such as parents of disabledchildren, have also applauded the report's central theme — the creation of aSchooling Resource Standard containing the amount of per-student funding neededfor a high-quality education, plus extra financial loadings targetingdisadvantage.
The review, headed by the Sydney businessmanDavid Gonski, says an extra $5 billion should be injected into the new fundingsystem to reverse the slippage in Australia's school performance.
The task now facing the federal government isimmense. It recently navigated the shoals of hostile state governments, thefederal opposition and a sceptical education community to introduce a nationalschool curriculum.
School funding reform, with its much higherprice tag and emotional baggage, is likely to be harder to pull off. Educationasked school sector representatives for their views on the Gonski report — andwhat lies ahead.
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