Celebrating Achievements in Public Education: 1000th Scholar Recognised

On May 15 2019 the Public Education Foundation (PEF) will celebrate the achievements of students, teachers and principals in public schools across Australia at the Annual Proudly Public Awards Ceremony at Sydney Town Hall.

Since the inception of PEF’s scholarships program 10 years ago, over 1,000 students have been supported with life-changing scholarships. At the 2019 Proudly Public Awards Ceremony recognised our 1000th scholar, Daniel Lahood from Ashfield Boys High.  Daniel is a recipient of the 2019 Union NSW Jeff Shaw Memorial Scholarship.

This year PEF will have disbursed over $3 million in scholarship funding, with over 180 new scholarships awarded this year.  With the support of generous donors and partners, each year the scholarship program has expanded to meet the educational needs of students facing disadvantage and to recognise excellence in our public schools.

The program including a full list of scholarship recipients can be found here. 

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Issues Paper: What Price The Gap? Education and Inequality in Australia

Education and Inequality in Australia

2 April 2018

The question of inequality has permeated recent public debate in Australia. From stagnating wages to CEO salaries, from retiring boomers to renting millennials, the widening gaps in our society have come under intense scrutiny. A less scrutinised gap is widening in our education system.

This Issues Paper sheds light on this educational inequality and its cost to Australia. It analyses the costs of students at the bottom falling further below those at the top and estimates that over the six years from 2009-15 alone, this growing inequality has cost Australia around $20.3 billion, equivalent to 1.2% of GDP. The longer-term cost to Australia is even bigger, because the gap was widening well prior to 2009.

For the full report: What Price The Gap? 

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