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ERIC Number: EJ1082283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1558-2159
The Australian Education Union: A History of Opposing School Choice and School Autonomy Down-Under
Donnelly, Kevin
Journal of School Choice, v9 n4 p626-641 2015
In this article, I chronicle the recent history of efforts to broaden school choice in the Commonwealth of Australia and the opposition to these efforts put forth by Australia's largest teacher union, the Australian Education Union (AEU). Evidence is presented on the positive effects that flow from the public funding of nongovernment schools and of the perception held by principals that less external regulation improves school functions. In spite of this, the Union continues to oppose choice efforts. I conclude that, at least in Australia, the influence of the AEU has placed impediments in the way of increased school choice and autonomy. Readers in other countries may draw their own conclusions from these observations in Australia. [For the response to this article, "The Australian Education Union's Response to Kevin Donnelly's 'The Australian Education Union: A History of Opposing School Choice and School Autonomy Down-Under,'" see EJ1082277.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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