SMH article grossly inaccurate and deliberately misleading
Just found this in response to the original post article:
The article published in the Sydney Morning Herald, “Taxpayers fund private school orchestra pits and swimming pools”, contains assertions about independent schools’ use of government funds that are grossly inaccurate and appears to have been designed to deliberately mislead readers.
The suggestion that the schools named receive separate dedicated capital funding from the government.
FACT: none of the schools mentioned in the article have received funding under either the Federal or NSW government’s capital funding programs during the period mentioned (2009 to 2014).
Conflating government funding provided under the Building the Education Revolution (BER) program with general capital works funding.
FACT: the BER Program was an economic stimulus program designed to avoid Australia falling into recession during the global financial crisis. Its objectives were very different to other capital works programs and the independent schools sector was also shown to have used BER funds extremely efficiently. Using figures from MySchool that include funding allocated under this program is misleading.
The comment by the NSW Greens MP, David Shoebridge, that funding for independent schools somehow impacts on the funding allocated to government schools.
FACT: funding formulas and allocations for government and non-government schools are entirely separate, with no relationship between the two. An increase in funding to non-government schools does not correspond to a decrease in funding for government schools, and vice versa.