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”
The evidence continues to roll in against the much vaunted Milwaukee school voucher program. The latest results from the Wisconsin state tests show that students in Milwaukee’s school choice program performed worse than or about the same as students in Milwaukee public schools in reading and maths. Continue reading “Another Nail in the School Voucher Coffin”
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”
The tide has turned on government funding for wealthy private schools. It has come under fire as never before in recent weeks. Continue reading “The Tide is Turning Against Elite Private School Funding”
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”
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”
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”
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”
Canberra’s private schools received $43 million more than they were entitled to in 2010 under the Federal Government’s funding formula. Almost every private school benefitted from the over-funding. Continue reading “ACT Private Schools are Over-Funded”
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”