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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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The Funding of Indigenous Education through Special Purpose Supplementation: An Historical Overview

Helen Walsh, Tess Lea
This report argues that targeted Federal Government funding designed to 'close the gap' in Indigenous education has effectively been 'frozen' for years. When many new programs come on board, they do not represent additional money, but instead the re-labelling of old funds. With a particular focus on how this money has been spent in the Northern Territory, the report calls for more transparent government reporting and further research to assess what funds are needed to enhance Indigenous education. Adapted from summary.
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Subject Headings

Aboriginal students
Aboriginal peoples
Australia
Northern Territory

Independent Schools in Queensland – Issues and Challenges in the Context of the Smart State Education System

Scott Prasser
Policy Solutions, May 2008

This paper seeks to identify trends and drivers of change affecting school education in general and the independent school sector in particular, and to analyse where existing arrangements have potential for new policy directions. It argues the full potential of the Queensland education system is not being realised because of outdated practices, prejudices and thinking, especially regarding the independent schools sector, preventing the development of a more responsive and innovative education system in Queensland. Adapted from Australian Policy Online description.

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Subject Headings

Queensland
Private schools

Tasmanian Demographic Change: Impact on State Schools

This Demographic Change Advisory Council discussion paper aims to project the likely changes in Tasmania's school-age population over the next few decades, and the impact this will have on school enrolments. It includes information about current educational thought on optimal school sizes and provides examples of how other systems have managed school closures and amalgamations. The financial implications of declining enrolments are also considered. Adapted from Section 1 of the paper.

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Subject Headings

Tasmania
State schools
Future

The Politically Intelligent Leader: Dealing with the Dilemmas of a High-Stakes Educational Environment

Patricia Clark White, Thomas R. Harvey, Lawrence Kemper

The Politically Intelligent Leader is designed to help leaders at all levels learn more about themselves and their own political styles. It provides strategies for delivering a personal educational vision, diagnosing others' styles, and customising strategies to influence those who can help or hinder one's organisational goals. Adapted from publisher's description; also available via DA Direct.

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Subject Headings

School leadership
Politics

Insider's Guide to School Leadership: Getting Things Done Without Losing Your Mind

Mark F. Goldberg
Jossey-Bass,  2006

Educator, writer, speaker and consultant, Mark F. Goldberg has produced an operating manual of tools, tips and techniques for dealing with the challenges that active school administrators face every day. The book covers topics such as recruiting and supervising staff, school safety, meeting planning, understanding data, staff development and leadership. Designed as a reference tool, each topic includes practical, commonsense policies and bulleted lists of advice and examples. Examples are based on the experience of Dr. Goldberg and other prominent educators. Adapted from publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

School leadership
School principals
Administration

Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education

Christianne Corbett, Catherine Hill, Andresse St. Rose

The report examines gender trends in educational achievement in the USA since the 1970s, using leading educational indicators from Grade 4 to tertiary level. It presents an analysis of results from national standardised tests such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the SAT and ACT tertiary entrance examinations, as well as other measures of educational achievement. The report 'is also the first to analyze gender differences within economic and ethnic categories'. It finds that girls’ gains have not come at boys’ expense. The data shows that academic success is more closely associated with family income than with gender. Adapted from publisher's media release 20 May 2008, and other descriptions on the publisher's website.

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Subject Headings

Girls' education
Boys' education
Educational evaluation
United States of America (USA)