Opinion: Yes education funding has increased but not everyone benefits

September 16, 2016

Associate Professor Laura PerrySince the release of the Productivity Commission draft report, there has been an insistent claim that achievement has declined despite spending more.

In a collaborative piece in The Conversation, Associate Professor Laura Perry discusses how this claim is misleading and overly simplistic.

The article states: “When politicians or the Productivity Commission report on school funding, these reports tend to exclusively report the net recurrent funding per student, and exclude levels of capital funding for the school.

“Schools that educate a large proportion of high socioeconomic status (SES) students tend to receive less recurrent funding from the government. However, these schools also tend to receive more in the form of capital funding.

“Rather than create a clearer and more transparent system of funding, the claim that is being marketed to the public is that funding has increased.

“This denies the fact that equitable funding has not increased.

“The schools that thrive or benefit from this model are those with a clear starting advantage – a wealthy customer base with the ability to bring in a higher level of private funding.”

The full article can be read here.

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