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‘Complex’ school funding models need review

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Brett Henebery | 11 Apr 2016, 08:45 AM Agree 0
A national public education group is calling for a review of school funding models, saying they are too complex and need to be simplified.
  • Glen Whitton | 11 Apr 2016, 02:54 PM Agree 0
    Thank you for your support of the majority of students! While any government is able to blithely ignore or manipulate facts to their own agenda Australia will live in a country where citizens are treated as second class if the parents cannot afford private schooling. It is our responsibility to stand against this type of thinking.
  • Dorothy Hoddinott | 15 Apr 2016, 12:07 PM Agree 0
    The Gonski funding has certainly made a difference at my disadvantaged school, where 62% of all students are in the bottom quartile of SES. The funding has enabled us to employ additional staff, both teaching and non-teaching, to meet the literacy and English language needs of our students, and to address welfare issues that left unaddressed can act as barriers to successful schooling for these young people. Our progression data sit significantly above state and national averages, up to double those averages, and this year 61% of students who completed the HSC have gone to university. The Bradley review reminded us of the woeful participation rates of low SES students in tertiary education - just 15%. We can't address the real issues for disadvantaged children without adequate funding, no matter how committed we are or how hard we work. Scant resource does not produce the outcomes that will enable our students to break the cycle of poverty.
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