From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Good news and bad news. The staff working for Education Minister Simon Birmingham know how to let you down easy. Birmingham sent these letters in May to schools alerting them to changes in their funding arrangements under Gonski 2.0. The letters telling schools they would get a funding increase were triumphant, with the information pertaining to the school featured on the first page of the two-page letter.