"Between 1998-99 and 2007-08, government funding per student in Independent schools increased by 112% and 84% for Catholic schools. The increase for public schools was only 67% (State School Teacher’s Union Western Australia, 2011)."
That link provides a good discussion from a public school teacher's perspective of private vs public funding. Have a look at the graphs, some of the increases to wealthy elite schools is unbelievable.
bigredv - Wow - that's a huge difference isn't it! Yes - lots of different types of independent schools. I haven't worked in the Catholic system so have no idea what their agreement is like.
del - thank you. I've just handed in an assignment and taking the night off - will have a read. I realise it's a little off-topic from the op. It's interesting that some of the more elite private schools get more then - I wonder if there is just as much difference between hospitals in lower SES areas compared to more affluent areas.
Last edited by Little Ted; 01-04-2014 at 18:07.
As noted in the just released Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services 2014, while governments invest on average $15,768 per government school student in terms of recurrent costs, the figure for private school students is only $8546. The reality is that even though Catholic and independent schools enrol 34.9 per cent of state and territory students, such schools receive only 22.4 per cent of what state and Commonwealth governments spend on education in terms of recurrent costs.
When we negotiated the latest agreement at my school we looked at all the schools in the area and their agreements. In fact you can search these yourself on fair work australia. I also compared cath ed to the agreement and ed qld.
There are some elite schools near my old school that they couldn't compete with. But independent private schools do look at agreements that are in place compared with enrollments and the amount of funding that school may get when negotiating working conditions and pay rate.
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So in theory it's cheaper for the government to have me send him to a private school !
You only have to look in my home town to see how well the private schools are doing. Brand new buildings every year. Rec rooms. Meanwhile our primary is stuck with a school of demountables. These are catholic schools too, no where in the league of PLC or Kings.
Don't get me wrong, I do support funding of private schools believe it or not. I just don't support how much they receive, particular the elite ones.
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