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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Elite schools? No.

    Other private schools? Yes!
    This. If parents choose and can afford very expensive schools I'd rather see the money to struggling private schools and government schools.

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    OP - you have posted three school/education related questions tonight, is this for an assignment or a course or something?

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    The government has to ensure a minimum education and resources so it is obliged to provide funding to all schools.

    If people didn't use private schools the government would be spending even more money on the public system then it does now.

    However, having said the above I do think that the funding should be staggered and based on what each school brings in with school fees, which would mean that the higher earning elite schools would receive a smaller chunk of the government funding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meags82 View Post
    Every kid should get a set amount per year from the government paid direct to whatever school their parents send them too. Then for higher risk kids/special needs they should get additional funding. But why should a kid get nothing cause their parents pay fees. Also if private schools got nothing the fees would be out of reach most middle class families- therefore putting pressure into already over crowded public schools. We arent rich (nor are we poor) my husband is a teacher and I am a nurse- we have 4 kids with another on the way. The area we live has shocking public schools so our kids will go private- without government support of the school there is no way our kids would go private (they are going to a low fee Christian school) so $2-3k per child prep to year 12. Times by 5 though is a lot of cash.
    What about the really poor families in your area who can't afford private school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    What about the really poor families in your area who can't afford private school?
    That's not really her problem is it? If someone wanted to they could afford it. I know a single parent who sent their kid to orana which is 11 - 14k a year and another single parent who wasn't working at all with 2 kids that sent her kids to a catholic school. She had to give up other stuff to do it but she did.

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    Yes. You have to understand why historical it was done and understand there will always be a need. I don't agree to funding profit making institutions tho'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renesme View Post
    That's not really her problem is it? If someone wanted to they could afford it. I know a single parent who sent their kid to orana which is 11 - 14k a year and another single parent who wasn't working at all with 2 kids that sent her kids to a catholic school. She had to give up other stuff to do it but she did.
    Actually, I do believe it is everyone's problem. Perhaps if there was more funding to the public schools in her area, it would make the schools more equitable/desirable.

    I'm a teacher in a very poor area. It is my belief that all children deserve the same opportunities in education.
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    As pp,s have said , if the government stopped funding for private schools the fees would sky rocket and then tons of kids would be in the already underfunded state schools, we actually just attended an open day for DS future school in Sydney, it's fairly expensive and we have to cut a lot of costs ( and I'll work full time) to afford it, we are definitely not rich but will work hard to send our kids to these schools , I think the biggest problem
    Is the government needs to work on extra funding and facilities for state schools not take them from private schools

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    As pp,s have said , if the government stopped funding for private schools the fees would sky rocket and then tons of kids would be in the already underfunded state schools, we actually just attended an open day for DS future school in Sydney, it's fairly expensive and we have to cut a lot of costs ( and I'll work full time) to afford it, we are definitely not rich but will work hard to send our kids to these schools , I think the biggest problem
    Is the government needs to work on extra funding and facilities for state schools not take them from private schools
    This is what the Gonski report proposes/recommends.
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    Government funding for private schools saves the government money in the bigger picture.

    So, yes.

    Should private schools exist? No, there should be a wide variety of public education options so parents don't have to go outside the box. It'd cost a lot more than education currently costs the country though.


 

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