Devil is in the detail of school funding arrangements

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) today responded to the Grattan Institute’s report Circuit breaker: A new compact on school funding by acknowledging the temptation to propose seemingly quick and easy solutions to school funding issues, however the reality is that the complexity of the current school funding arrangements makes this impossible.

ISCA Executive Director Colette Colman said that, “While we believe the Grattan Institute should be commended for bringing ideas to the funding debate, many of the underlying assumptions and suggestions in the report do not recognise the complexity of the current funding arrangements or acknowledge the diverse nature of the Independent school sector.”

The Grattan Institute’s report suggests that Independent schools that are funded above their SRS entitlement should have their funding frozen, and in many cases reduced. However, the report does not acknowledge the fact that there are schools in other sectors which also attract funding in excess of their entitlement.

Ms Colman said, “Why does the Grattan Institute single out Independent schools as the only schools being funded above their SRS entitlement? Presumably because they are the only transparent recipients of government funding as a result of not being part of a school system. Unless you look at all schools in all systems and sectors you are not addressing the full funding picture.”

See ISCA’s full media release here

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