Category: SES Funding Scheme

Funding Again

Your figures (27 May ) revealing the millions that private schools get in government funding look sensational. But they would fizzle into insignificance if you printed alongside them the taxpayers’ dollars spent on similar-sized government-run schools. Some of these are

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Whose “Expert”?

Professor Gerald Burke was presented on a 3LO panel (22/11/2000) as an expert on education economics.  Disapproving of the Kemp school funding scheme, he emphasised the government’s duty to fund the poor and expressed concern about the increasing wealth gap

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Misleading By Omission

Your editorial of 9/10/00 suggested a “class battle” arising out of the new school funding scheme.  But the heat circulating on this issue is almost entirely due to unbalanced reporting. Most media report federal funding of schools as if it’s

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Protection For Whom?

Andrew Pheasant (Letters 3/10) protests that Dr Kemp’s new school funding policy will “subsidise the education of the wealthy”. Does this mean we should now hit the many millionaires who are getting free education in state-run schools? Andrew, like many

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Selective Funding

Some Australian parents can afford to choose who shall teach their children. They can pick from state, Catholic and independent schools according to their judgement, their beliefs and their spending priorities. But for many families, the choice of school is controlled

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Captive Customer

Most of the public are confused about the school funding reforms. Many don’t even know how taxpayers’ money is shared out now. If a family uses a state school, staff and operating costs are funded 100% — regardless of the family’s means. If

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Two Facts

I dare you to publish, just once, two relevant and indisputable facts which will put your campaign against the new school funding system in perspective. First fact.  While “posh” families using St. Catherine’s will be getting 17.5% of normal school

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Unions Enforce Class Systems

Logic comes a poor second in the school funding debate.  The teacher union lobbyists discover that graduates of private schools are more likely to hold positions of power.  So what do they advocate?  Cut funding to private schools, push fees

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Lobby Controls Schooling

The Australian Education Union fights fiercely against any evening-up of the funding to government and non-government schools.  Even the objective procedure of tying a school’s funding to the actual socio-economic level of its families doesn’t satisfy them (“More cash for

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