Victorian Private Schools Get Funding Windfall from Andrews Government

Victorian private schools will receive a hidden windfall dividend of nearly $200 million following the recent announcement of the Labor Government to increase funding for public schools by $747 million over four years. The windfall would be better spent on public schools which enrol the vast proportion of disadvantaged students in the state.

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Victorian Private Schools Get Funding Windfall from Andrews Government

Victorian private schools will receive a hidden windfall dividend of nearly $200 million following the recent announcement of the Labor Government to increase funding for public schools by $747 million over four years. The windfall would be better spent on public schools which enrol the vast proportion of disadvantaged students in the state.

The windfall is the direct result of a pre-election deal between Labor and private school organisations last year to legislate a link between private and public school funding. The Andrews Government delivered on the deal in February with the Education and Training Reform Amendment Act. It guarantees that state government funding of private schools is at least 25 per cent of state government funding per public school student. Twenty-five per cent of any recurrent funding increase per student in public schools now automatically flows on to private schools. In this case, private schools will get a funding increase over the next four years of $187 million and will be even higher if private school enrolments increase. Continue reading “Victorian Private Schools Get Funding Windfall from Andrews Government”

New Opportunity for Bi-Partisan Support for Gonski Funding

The election of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister is an auspicious occasion for education funding. It offers the opportunity to redress the sabotage of the Gonski funding plan by Abbott Government. It offers a last chance for bi-partisan support for Gonski. The opportunity should be seized by the new Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader.

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New Opportunity for Bi-Partisan Support for Gonski Funding

The election of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister is an auspicious occasion for education funding. It offers the opportunity to redress the sabotage of the Gonski funding plan by Abbott Government. It offers a last chance for bi-partisan support for Gonski. The opportunity should be seized by the new Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader.

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten should heed the call by the National Reform Summit last month for bi-partisan political support to strengthen Australia‚Äôs education system as part of a range of economic and social reforms to improve economic growth. It strongly endorsed key features of the Gonski plan. Continue reading “New Opportunity for Bi-Partisan Support for Gonski Funding”

Failure of Disadvantaged Students is not Inevitable

Despite a gradual increase of parents moving their children out of public schools and into private schools, there is plenty of evidence to show that public schools are performing just as well when comparing students of a similar Socio-economic (SES) background. But what does this say about the need for Gonski funding? A parent Gonski campaigner explores the issue. Continue reading “Failure of Disadvantaged Students is not Inevitable”

New Figures Show that Government Funding for Public Schools is Down, but Up for Private Schools

Government funding for public schools is in dire straits. New figures presented to Senate Estimates recently by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority show that, adjusted for inflation, governments have cut funding for public schools across Australia since 2009 while increasing funding for Catholic and Independent schools.

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New Figures Show that Government Funding for Public Schools is Down, but Up for Private Schools

Government funding for public schools is in dire straits. New figures presented to Senate Estimates recently by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority show that, adjusted for inflation, governments have cut funding for public schools across Australia since 2009 while increasing funding for Catholic and Independent schools. Continue reading “New Figures Show that Government Funding for Public Schools is Down, but Up for Private Schools”

Media Release: Funding for Public Schools Down, Funding for Private Schools Up

New figures show that, adjusted for inflation, government funding for private schools has increased since 2009, while funding for public schools has been cut. National Convenor of Save Our Schools, Trevor Cobbold, said that the new figures reveal the disastrous state of funding for public schools.

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Catholic Education Commission Puts up a Smokescreen on School Funding

The National Catholic Education Commission today grossly misrepresented the facts on the funding of public schools. It has done this to throw up a smokescreen over government funding trends that have favoured Catholic and Independent schools since 2009. The claims made by the NCEC are highly misleading and are based on selective figures. They ignore the huge load of disadvantage carried by public schools. They are designed to divert attention from the impact of discriminatory government funding policies that favour private schools over public schools.

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Catholic Education Commission Puts up a Smokescreen on School Funding

The National Catholic Education Commission today grossly misrepresented the facts on the funding of public schools. It has done this to throw up a smokescreen over government funding trends that have favoured Catholic and Independent schools since 2009. The claims made by the NCEC are highly misleading and are based on selective figures. They ignore the huge load of disadvantage carried by public schools. They are designed to divert attention from the impact of discriminatory government funding policies that favour private schools over public schools.

The NCEC claim that SOS has manipulated the data in its report is totally incorrect. The SOS figures are drawn from official figures published by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). They have been adjusted for inflation, using a conventional procedure based on the wage price index for private and public education and training. They show that government funding of Catholic and Independent schools increased by 8 per cent per student between 2009 and 2013 compared to a cut in funding for public schools of 1.9 per cent. Continue reading “Catholic Education Commission Puts up a Smokescreen on School Funding”