We cannot afford to continue funding private schools the way we do now. The current SES funding model is inequitable, wasteful, capricious and incoherent. It is a canker on Australia’s egalitarian ethos. Continue reading “Can We Afford to Continue Funding Private Schools?”
The standard justification for high fee increases in wealthy private schools is that they are necessary to cover rising costs. This is a complete sham. Fee increases over the past decade have far outstripped all major measures of rising costs. Continue reading “Private School Fee Increases Have Exceeded Increases in all Inflation Measures”
Private schools are trying to stop publication of school financial data by My School 2.0 by any means possible. They are resorting to any pretext to create doubt about the data. The wealthy elite schools in particular are desperate to stop publication of their finances. They fear disclosure will affect their future government funding, which is currently under review. Continue reading “Private Schools are Desperate to Avoid Financial Disclosure”
After ten years the SES model of funding private schools has failed. It has failed to stem massive fee increases in elite private schools. It has diverted millions and millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to schools least in need while those most in need are denied adequate funding. It has meant that elite private schools have become more exclusive. Continue reading “The SES Private School Funding Model Has Failed”
Australia’s wealthiest private schools have become more exclusive over the past decade, despite receiving millions in Federal Government funding which is supposed to make them more accessible. Fee and funding increases for these schools have far exceeded funding increases for government schools. With the aid of generous funding by the Federal Government elite private schools have double or more the resources of government schools. Continue reading “Fee and Funding Increases Give Elite Private Schools a Massive Resource Advantage”
The National Catholic Education Commission’s submission to the school funding review makes for interesting reading. It makes two very important concessions. First, the Commission has finally conceded that the student population of Catholic schools has a higher socio-economic status (SES) than government schools. Second, the submission acknowledges that the official statistics on school expenditure over-state government school expenditure in comparison with private schools. Continue reading “Catholic Submission to the School Funding Review Makes Important Concessions”
Save Our Schools today called for a massive boost in funding for government schools in the light of the new PISA results released yesterday. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that the new results are a national disgrace. Continue reading “PISA Results Demand a Massive Increase in Funding for Government Schools”
It is no exaggeration to say that the future of Australia’s education system is in the hands of the Gonski committee, currently reviewing school funding. It is clear that a fundamental change in government funding priorities is required but it remains to be seen whether the Gonski committee, with its unbalanced representation, is up to the task.
The greatest challenge facing Australia’s education system is to reduce the large achievement gaps between rich and poor. Continue reading “We Have to Put an End to this Funding Farce”
This is a summary of a new research paper called Closing the Gaps published by Save Our Schools.
Total expenditure per student in government schools in Australia is much lower than in Independent schools and similar to that in Catholic schools. Continue reading “Closing the Gaps”
A new report published today by the advocacy group Save Our Schools says that government schools are badly under-resourced in comparison to private schools to deal with education disadvantage. It calls for an investment of $6 – $9 billion a year in government schools to reduce large achievement gaps between rich and poor. Continue reading “Report Calls for Funding Boost to Government Schools to Reduce Education Disadvantage”