Budget Gives Priority to Funding Privilege and Market-Based Programs

Equity in education is the major loser in the Commonwealth Schools Budget as the Labor Government continues to give greater priority to funding privilege and market-based programs than reducing disadvantage in education. The 2011-12 Budget projects larger funding increases for private schools than government schools and introduces new market-based programs while major equity programs are wound down. Continue reading “Budget Gives Priority to Funding Privilege and Market-Based Programs”

An Alternative Funding Model for Government and Private Schools

It is widely agreed that a new approach to school funding is needed. The Federal Minister for Education says that the SES funding model for private schools has “reached its use-by-date”. Even the major private school lobbies concede that it has had its day, although they still want to retain the privileged funding it gives them.

Save Our Schools has recommended to the Gonski School Funding Review a new model which integrates funding for government and private schools from both federal and state/territory governments. Continue reading “An Alternative Funding Model for Government and Private Schools”

SOS Calls for Increased Funding for Govt Schools and a New Funding Model for Private Schools

The Save Our Schools submission to the School Funding Review calls for an increase in funding for government schools of $6-9 billion a year to start reducing the large achievement gaps between rich and poor in Australia. It recommends that the current funding model for private schools be terminated and replaced by a new funding model which integrates government funding of government and private schools. It suggests that a federal schools commission be established to co-ordinate school funding. Continue reading “SOS Calls for Increased Funding for Govt Schools and a New Funding Model for Private Schools”

School Funding Review Must Deliver More Resources for Government Schools

It is no exaggeration to say that the future of Australia’s education system is in the hands of the current review of school funding. It has the opportunity to change the face of school education in a way that has not been done for nearly 40 years.

What is at stake is whether Australian taxpayers are to continue to provide large subsidies to the wealthiest families and schools in Australia or whether disadvantaged students will finally get their due and be provided with the resources to ensure that they all receive an adequate education and to reduce the huge achievement gap between rich and poor. Continue reading “School Funding Review Must Deliver More Resources for Government Schools”

Private Schools Make A Brazen Grab for More Resources

Major private school organisations have conceded that their $700 million a year over-funding bonanza is dead in the water in its current form. However, they are unrepentant. They want another arrangement to guarantee their privileged funding. Continue reading “Private Schools Make A Brazen Grab for More Resources”

Labor MP Supports Maintaining Public Funding to High-fee Private Schools

Recently elected ACT Labor MP, Andrew Leigh, has declared his support for maintaining current levels of Commonwealth Government funding to high-fee private schools. In response to repeated questions from members of the public at a recent community education forum held in Canberra, the former ANU economist insisted that government support for extreme high-fee private schools is a matter of fairness. Continue reading “Labor MP Supports Maintaining Public Funding to High-fee Private Schools”

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”