Australian Productivity Commission recommends skills training outside apprenticeships

The Commission has also recommended the expansion of student loans for more certificate and diploma courses and says greater contestability in funding arrangements for publicly-owned TAFE providers would help governments get a better return on the $6.4 billion spent on vocational education and training (VET). A more nationally consistent approach…

Should the government be pulling back fiscal support?

Loading On his forecasts the unemployment rate will peak at 6.7 per cent in 2021-2022 before falling back in 2022-2023 and continuing to recover for years. GDP will rise, spending will increase and the housing construction sector will continue to surge. The sharp turn around in fortunes is largely due…

Do teacher shortages make education a good career option?

Loading Earlier this week, the NSW Teachers Federation revealed that schools in regional NSW are scrambling to find staff, with some principals now turning to social media to fill positions. One principal took to Twitter to invite “anyone who wants to have a crack at teaching science and is an…

What do employers think of online education

  **This is an updated post** The truth about online study In recent years, our perceptions about remote working, studying online and what the ‘new normal’ will look like have all shifted a little. It’s no longer uncommon for employees to work from home, if not full time then at…

Secretary Of Education Cannot Forgive All Federal Student Loans

Reed D. Rubinstein, Principal Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Education, issued an 8-page legal opinion on January 12, 2021 that finds that “the Secretary does not have statutory authority to provide blanket or mass cancellation, compromise, discharge, or forgiveness of student loan principal balances, and/or materially modify…

Comparing the Current New York City School Shutdown To 1968

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2020/08/03: A protester holds a placard that says No return until zero … [+] cases during the demonstration. Black Lives Matter, UFT United federation of teachers (union), the Democratic Socialists of America, and other groups gathered on the National Day of Resistance to protest against…

What Is Budget Reconciliation Anyway?

If you asked me in 2005 to define budget reconciliation, I may have assumed you were talking to me about reconciling my personal budget. The truth is: budget reconciliation is essentially “reconciling” the federal budget. Sit back Gen Z (and perhaps a few Millennials): the rest of us remember the…

Challenges and Opportunities in Australian Education Research

The higher education sector in Australia is worth $25 billion, puts 120,000 people to work, and supports the learning of over one million students. Research is revealing challenges currently being faced by the industry, including budget cuts, high staff turnover, constraints on innovation, market saturation, and an evolving job market….