As I have already said, I'm referring to elite schools not the little Catholic/Anglican ones. If they are means tested and charging as low as 1.5k then obviously parental fees aren't close to covering the costs to educate that child. I have zero issue with the govt coffers topping that up.
I agree with Sonya. It shouldn't and doesn't cost 30-40k (parent fees and govt subsidies together) to educate one child. And we know pools and concert halls don't improve performance. Why should taxes help fund that stuff?
I don't think we can stop the government funding all students education though - student funding is different to buildings funding. Student funding goes toward; teacher wages, learning supplies, teaching and learning equipment not getting the toilets painted - it is up to the government to maintain their facilities separate to educating our students.
Yes there are feral public schools with horrible teachers. There are also horrible private schools too. I went to one where the bullying by wealthy families was rampant. Despite continued complaints by students and their parents zero was done. I was also a Catholic school girl, some schools of which were 15+k 25 years ago.... and the stories I could tell you that we got up to would make your hair curl
sThis article is only a few weeks old and really highlights what many of us are saying. That it isn't private or public, it's SES that dictates performance. Which is why it should be needs based.
Free public schools in well-heeled suburbs are outperforming some private schools charging more than $20,000 a year in fees.
Data from the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy, to be released on the My School website today, shows that children living in affluent suburbs are likely to perform well regardless of which school they attend.
In Sydney, Year 5 students at the free Summer Hill Public School did better in every aspect of the 2015 NAPLAN tests than students at nearby Trinity Grammar, which is this year charging fees of $23,560. The data shows that three-quarters of students at both schools came from the top 25 per cent wealthiest households. The public school received $9366 in funding per student, compared with $26,378 at the private college.
In Brisbane, Year 5 students at Ashgrove and Bardon state schools, which both use the “explicit instruction’’ method of clearly teaching students the basics of literacy and numeracy, rivalled students at the $20,000-a-year Brisbane Grammar.
Rosalie Primary School students in the wealthy inner-Perth suburb of Shenton Park strongly outperformed those at Trinity College, which charges $8800 in tuition fees for Year 5.
The independent public school received $10,367 in funding per student — half that of the fee-charging private school.
The Association of Heads of Independent Schools yesterday urged parents to look beyond the NAPLAN data. “My School offers parents some insight into school performance on NAPLAN tests up to Year 9, but there are a host of parental concerns that the site does not address,’’ chair Karen Spiller said. “When parents are asked about what determines their satisfaction with their children’s school, top of the list is … whether their children are happy and safe.’’
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority said many of the schools that made big improvements in literacy and numeracy last year taught large numbers of disadvantaged students. These included Katherine South Primary School in the Northern Territory, Gympie West State School in Queensland, Longford Primary School in Tasmania and Clyde Primary School in Victoria.
Australian Education Union president Correna Haythorpe said the NAPLAN results showed that “Gonski funding’’ was helping disadvantaged students through one-on-one teaching support and targeted programs in literacy and numeracy. The union last night launched a $2 million advertising blitz to pressure the Turnbull government to restore the $4.5 billion in needs-based Gonski funding it plans to strip from schools in 2018 and 2019.
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