Federal Govt failing to deliver equitable funding for public schools

first_imgFederal Govt failing to deliver equitable funding for public schools The annual Report into Government Services (ROGS) provides evidence of the fundamental failure of the Federal Government to ensure that public schools across Australia have the funding needed for their students.In what can only be viewed as complete abandonment of the public school sector by the Federal Government, ROGS has delivered damning statistics which demonstrate the deeply inequitable school funding policies and legislation of the Morrison Government.According to the Productivity Commission’s annual Report into Government Services (ROGS):Non-government school funding per student grew 2.7 times faster than public school funding per student in the last decade. In the ten years to 2017-18, government funding for non-government schools rose by 33.9 per cent. Meanwhile, per-student government funding for public schools only increased by 13.2 per cent in the same period.Since the Federal Coalition was elected in 2013-14, private school per-student recurrent funding has increased at twice the rate of increase of public schools per student recurrent funding; 21.7% versus 11.4%.Australian Education Union Federal President Correna Haythorpe said that ROGS had once again exposed the Federal Government’s failure to ensure fair funding, resources and support for all students and highlighted its ongoing ideological commitment to increasing the funding of private schools.“ROGS clearly shows that over the past decade, government funding of public schools has grown at less than half the rate of that of private schools,” Ms Haythorpe said.“While private schools continue to enjoy billion-dollar special funding deals, public schools have a $19 billion funding shortfall and have been denied the funding they need to reach the Schooling Resource Standard by 2023.”“ROGS shows that public school enrolments are growing, with 2.6 million FTE students enrolled, highlighting the need for additional expenditure on capital works and recurrent funding,” Ms Haythorpe said.“The Federal Government’s school funding legislation denies public schools the vital resources needed for our students and entrenches inequality between public and private schools,” Ms Haythorpe said.“National action on the critically important issue of funding for public schools is long overdue. The Federal Government must ensure that all public schools are funded to 100% of the Schooling Resource Standard to deliver the funding and resources needed to provide a high quality education for all students.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Australian Education Union, Commission, education, Federal, federal government, Government, inequality, legislation, Morrison, Morrison Government, President, Productivity Commission, resources, statisticslast_img

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