Private schools will receive $130 billion in funding by the Commonwealth Government over the next 8 years – $73 billion for Catholic schools and $57 billion for Independent schools. It constitutes massive over-funding by the taxpayer because the Morrison Government’s funding model ignores a major source of family income used to assess the financial need of private schools.
Commonwealth funding of private schools is determined by family income, but it ignores income received from the Bank of Mum and Dad which pays school fees directly and indirectly through a myriad of supplements to family income. As a result, the capacity of private school parents to pay school fees is vastly under-estimated and private schools are massively over-funded by taxpayers.
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With its blatant favouritism of funding Catholic and Independent schools to the detriment of public schools, which educate over 80% of disadvantaged students, the Morrison Government has completed the demolition of the Gonski funding model that began with the Abbott and Turnbull Governments.
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Commonwealth Government funding of schools is now a complete schemozzle. The Morrison Government has abandoned public schools and blatantly favoured private schools with billion-dollar special deals. These deals will accelerate the funding gap between public schools and private schools over the next decade.
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In line with the adage “never let a good crisis go to waste”, the Morrison Government has taken the opportunity of the COVID pandemic to extend its largesse to private schools. The Budget Papers reveal that private schools received over a billion dollars in advance payments in 2019-20 to re-open their schools.
Some of the wealthiest private schools in the country have reaped millions from Jobkeeper. They include The King’s School, St Joseph’s College, Frensham and The Armidale School in NSW as well as Geelong Grammar, Trinity Grammar, Wesley College and Bialik College in Victoria.
The Government also gave $10 million to private schools to offset COVID-19 hygiene costs for items such as soap, hand sanitiser, classroom cleaning products and additional cleaning services. Similar funding was not provided to public schools.
All this adds to the largesse the Morrison Government has showered on private schools. The main component of this largesse is $3.7 billion in additional funding for Catholic schools over the next ten years as a result of a new method of funding private schools introduced this year. Independent schools lose from this measure but are partially compensated by special funding deals.
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An Education Policy Brief published by Save Our Schools shows that the new funding method for private schools introduced this year by the Morrison Government is inherently flawed and will result in massive over-funding of schools. National Convenor of Save Our Schools, Trevor Cobbold, said the model is littered with flaws and should be replaced by a new approach.
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The following is a summary of a new SOS Education Policy Brief. The full Brief can be downloaded below. This article and the Brief were revised on 2 October 2020.
Six months ago, the Morrison Government changed the method
used to determine Commonwealth funding of private schools. It adopted a direct
measure of the income of families called Adjusted Taxable Income (ATI) to
assess their capacity to contribute to school income and thereby determine the
level of Commonwealth funding for each private school. It will provide a net funding
increase of $3.5 billion to private schools over the next ten years compared to
the previous method of funding.
ATI is a deeply flawed measure of the financial need of
schools. It will result in massive over-funding of private schools because it
badly under-estimates the capacity to contribute of families and ignores other
sources of income of private schools as well as their assets. As a result, the
financial need of schools is over-estimated and consequently they receive more
government funding than warranted.
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Documents leaked to the ABC expose
shocking rorting of taxpayer funding by the NSW Catholic school system with the
approval of Catholic bishops. It is the latest in a long line of exposes about
misuse of government funding by Catholic systems and which successive Coalition
and Labor governments have meekly acquiesced to.
ABC analysis shows that NSW Catholic school authorities will have diverted more
than $300 million in public funding from the system’s poorer to richer primary
schools by 2023 to keep fees low in wealthy suburbs to maintain market share. The
leaked documents show that schools in some of the wealthiest areas collect
roughly one-third to half the fees parents at those schools are able to afford
while fees in much poorer areas are set at two or three times above what those
parents can afford.
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The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) comes from that part of the ed reform spectrum devoted to free market approaches. But a new report from AEI really pushes the boundaries of treating education as a commodity like a house or a piece of jewelry. Really.
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new paper published by the US Century Foundation reviews studies of two school
finance reforms in the US that proved effective at improving student outcomes,
especially in low-income and previously lower-spending schools. The two reforms
reviewed are new school funding formulae introduced in Massachusetts in 1993 and
in California in 2013. Both reforms were based on the principle that school districts
serving higher need children require not the same, but more resources per student.
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Catholic school systems have been diverting taxpayer funding
for schools in poor areas to schools in wealthy inner suburbs for years. Many
official and other reports have documented this unethical and unchristian practice.
It may at last be about to change.
Catholic and other private schools systems will placed under
greater public scrutiny as a result of a new report by the National School Resourcing
Board (NSRB). The Commonwealth
Government has accepted its recommendations that private school systems disclose
more information on how they distribute government funding to their schools.
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