Opinion: Yes some Australian private schools are overfunded – here’s why October 5, 2016 Education minister Simon Birmingham recently commented that some private schools are ‘overfunded’. In a co-authored piece for The Conversation, Associate Professor Laura Perry from Murdoch’s School of Education, examines his claim and the history of federal funding for private schools. Professor Perry and co author Dr Emma Rowe from Deakin University, cite analyses of data from the Productivity Commission that shows total public funding has increased at a greater rate for private schools than public schools. They also examined data from the six most expensive elite private schools in Perth, finding they received public funds amounting to $270 million over the last five years, on top of the funding they receive from their fee paying students. Professor Perry and Dr Rowe argue the education funding system is based on an illogical basis of entitlement, not need, with all schools entitled to public funds regardless of whether they need them or not. To read the article in full, click here. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Research, School of Education Tags: education funding system, education research, laura perry, murdoch education, private schools, public schools, simon birmingham Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!