Funding Uncertainty Continues for Independent Schools
ISCA today cautiously welcomed the release of the Final Report of the Review of Funding for Schooling. The Executive Director of the Independent Schools Council of Australia, Bill Daniels, acknowledged the work of the Review Panel and its Chair, David Gonski AC, and the comprehensive nature of the Panel’s recommendations. Mr Daniels expressed the independent sector’s appreciation of the readiness of Mr Gonski to consult with the sector and the efforts of the Panel to understand the particular needs and circumstances of independent schools.
While the Gonski Report’s recommendations are wide-ranging and address some of the long term issues of the sector, it is clear that extensive additional work will be required before the full impact of the recommendations on the operation of individual independent schools and their educational outcomes becomes clear. Mr Daniels said that the Report provides a template for future funding arrangements but much of the hard work remains to be done.
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