Many Disadvantaged Govt Schools Get Less Govt Funding than Private Schools

One of the most remarkable revelations from the school financial data on My School 2.0 is that many disadvantaged government schools get less government funding than many more privileged private schools. As well, some private schools serving low income communities get more funding than some government schools serving similar communities.

These cases destroy the myth promulgated by private school organisations that all private schools get less government funding than government schools. In addition, there are many instances of well-off private schools receiving similar levels of government funding to disadvantaged government schools. Continue reading “Many Disadvantaged Govt Schools Get Less Govt Funding than Private Schools”

Productivity Commission Questioned on School Funding Figures

Dr. Michael Kirby, Head of Office of the Productivity Commission, was questioned at Senate Estimates on disparities between school funding figures published in the Report on Government Services and the National Report on Schooling. The following is a transcript of the questions and answers. Continue reading “Productivity Commission Questioned on School Funding Figures”

Over-Funding Bonanza for Melbourne’s Most Privileged

The current funding model for private schools is delivering millions of dollars in over-funding to many of Melbourne’s most privileged families and schools. In 2010, 20 primary and secondary schools in the eastern suburbs were over-funded by $39 million. Their total funding was nearly double that warranted by their assessed socio-economic status. Continue reading “Over-Funding Bonanza for Melbourne’s Most Privileged”

Sydney’s Wealthiest Schools Get Millions in Over-Funding

The current funding model for private schools is delivering millions of dollars in over-funding to many of Sydney’s most privileged families and schools. In 2010, 20 primary and secondary schools in Sydney’s wealthiest suburbs were over-funded by $42 million [see table below]. Their total funding was over double that warranted by their assessed socio-economic status. Continue reading “Sydney’s Wealthiest Schools Get Millions in Over-Funding”

Answers are Needed on Inconsistencies in Private School Funding Figures

The recent estimates of government expenditure on private schools published by the Productivity Commission in its Report on Government Services (RGS) are inconsistent with other official figures. The inconsistencies need explanation as they are creating confusion in public debate about trends in school funding. Continue reading “Answers are Needed on Inconsistencies in Private School Funding Figures”

Private School Fee Increases Have Exceeded Increases in all Inflation Measures

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 Desperate to Avoid Financial Disclosure

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”

Fee and Funding Increases Give Elite Private Schools a Massive Resource Advantage

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”