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Are you a journalist looking to find out more about the latest from the Public Education Foundation? Or just interested to know what we’ve been doing to support our outstanding students in the public education system? Here you can find our latest press releases and media materials.

7 April 2016 - Important news from the Public Education Foundation (MEDIA RELEASE)

Over the coming weeks the Public Education Foundation will be exploring new executive arrangements as CEO Nathan Rees is moving to a new and different role..read more 

12 Sept 14 - Gosford High School Alumni Establish Scholarship Fund (MEDIA RELEASE)

Gosford High School’s leaving class of 1964 will celebrate their 50th by establishing scholarships for students enrolling at Gosford High School anniversary next Saturday…read more 

6 Sept 14 - Nathan Rees appointed CEO of Public Education Foundation (MEDIA RELEASE)

The Chair of the Public Education Foundation, Jenni Neary, is delighted to announce the appointment of the former Premier of NSW and member for Toongabbie, Nathan Rees, as the new Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation…read more 

31 July 14 - Scholarships for refugee and asylum seeker students open nationally (MEDIA RELEASE)

The Public Education Foundation has opened applications for the Friends of Zainab Scholarship nationally, which supports students from a refugee or asylum seeker background, studying in public high schools and universities…read more 

26 July 14 - Elite education opportunity in the US (SMH)

Kaylene Rigas from Cambridge Park High School is one of six school principals to have been awarded a prestigious Public Education Foundation – Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarship…read more 

24 July 14 - Public School Students encouraged to apply for prestigious scholarships (MEDIA RELEASE)

The Public Education Foundation has opened applications for a range of prestigious scholarships for NSW public school students. Fifteen scholarships categories are currently open and public school students are strongly encouraged to apply for the 2015 school year...read more 

24 July 14 - ACT Public School Students encouraged to apply for prestigious scholarships (MEDIA RELEASE)

The Public Education Foundation has opened a range of prestigious scholarships for ACT students currently studying in a public high school or college. Twelve scholarships categories are now open for applications…read more 

28 June 14 - How Murdoch hypocrisy killed Gonski (Saturday Paper)

If Rupert Murdoch had put politics aside to support the education reforms he deemed urgent, Julia Gillard’s Gonski funding model might now be in place…read more 

21 May 14 - Public schools deserve support now more than ever (SMH)

Like about 70 per cent of Australians of my age, I am a product of public education. As I came to understand them, the aspirations of public education were togetherness, helping one another, imbibing the principles of the ‘‘fair go’’…read more 

29 Nov 13 - United front for Gonski reforms (SMH)

Former panellists unite in support of Gonski reforms – The Public Education Foundation is proud to be a founding member of The Need to Succeed Alliance and has signed an open letter to Minister Pyne supporting the Gonski reforms…read more 

9 Aug 13 - Scholarships for ACT Students and Teachers (MEDIA RELEASE)

ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch was today joined by the Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation, the Hon. Verity Firth to announce the extension of the Foundation’s scholarship program to the ACT…read more 

11 Jun 13 - Education funding in a sorry state (Courier Mail)

Equality in education funding formula is in a sorry state – Our Chief Executive Verity Firth writes about the importance of the findings of the Gonski review and needs based funding for Australian education…read more

29 Apr 13 - Harvard reward for tough principals (SMH)

Mark Burnard of Chifley College, Bidwill and Jude Hayman of Griffith Public School were the inaugural winners of the Public Education Foundation’s scholarship for principals to attend Harvard…read more 

25 Mar 13 - Refugees journey to uni success (SMH)

Zainab Kaabi, the original beneficiary of the Friends of Zainab Scholarship has graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Pharmacy…read more 

30 Nov 12 - Something extraordinary is happening (SMH)

the founder of the Friends of Zainab Scholarship, Dorothy Hoddinott has long been an inspiration to her students and to the Public Education Foundation…read more 

26 Mar 12 - The Gift Horse and the Tax Collector (The Age)

Caroline Milburn writes of the current inequities in tax law when it comes to fundraising for public schools…read more 

2 Mar 12 - Let public as well as private schools benefit from donations (SMH)

Our Chief Executive, Verity Firth, writes in the Sydney Morning Herald about creating an even playing field for philanthropic donations to public education. …read more 

22 Sep 11 - Talented students given better chance of life (SMH)

Zainab Kaabi and Nahid Karimi were both refugees when they arrived in Australia…read more 

30 Dec 10 - State schools reach higher in quest for best (SMH)

Foundation patron His Excellency, Michael Bryce hosts a reception for the Public Education Foundation at Admiralty House in Sydney…read more 

30 Sep 10 - Sydney Girls High Stellar scholars publishe (SMH)

Two of the Public Education Foundation’s Stellar Scholars are part of a team at Sydney Girls’ High School which published a scientific research paper…read more