I did see quite a large number of non-government schools that receive a lot of government funding but have very low fees paid by parents (around $5000 or less per child), so I can understand the need for funding there, considering the school fees don't even cover the burden of a child in a public school, let alone capital expenditure.. But come on - Abbotsleigh received more than 5.4m in just 4 years.
Does anyone know how capital grants work? What makes a school eligible for them?
We don't even have access to a public high school, we are facing the prospect of having to sell and move or rent and move as we cannot afford private school and are not zoned for a single school in our area - we "may" be allowed access to schools 20 min drive away that has no public transport option. In this case I believe the surrounding private schools (yearly fees of $20k plus) ought not get high funding.
Not every low ses school receives $21k+ per student.
It would have to be very extreme to receive that much.
The bottom line is that education in this country is not equitable and that doesn't sit right with me. We need to do more to close the gap between our most disadvantaged and advantaged students.
Needs based funding isn't about public schools getting more money. It's about them getting enough money. Elite private schools do have enough yet their funding increases every year whilst public school education funding decreases. That's not how we close the gap.
Last edited by BigRedV; 13-04-2016 at 21:43.
Yes SOME percentage of students would switch but I don't think it would be enough to tip the scales. Like if 1/4 switched but we cut off 100% of the private school funding and put that to public schools we would still be way ahead.
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