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”

Charter Schools Segregate Students by Race and Class

With the imminent release in Australia of the US education documentary “Waiting for Superman” which spruiks the role of charter schools in improving education outcomes, a study on charter schools published last month provides some sound research to assess the film.

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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”

The SES Private School Funding Model Has Failed

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”

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”

Catholic Submission to the School Funding Review Makes Important Concessions

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”