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School funding failing vulnerable students – time for a better way?
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:05
1 October 2014
Schools with the greatest needs get too little to meet those needs, says PPTA president Angela Roberts.
The current school funding system is failing to support our most vulnerable students and this morning delegates at PPTA’s annual conference will discuss whether it is time for a different way.
“A needs-based model of resourcing for schools – time for a national discussion?” is a paper that looks at schools’ reliance on locally raised funds for resources such as staffing, the lack of security in school resourcing and the need to support those with behavioural and special education needs.
“When locally raised and decile related funds are added together, decile one schools have just $350 per student more than those in decile 10 schools to address their relative educational disadvantage. $350 equates to 5% of total school funding yet an Australian review (the Gonski report) recommends students from lower socio-economic backgrounds should attract an extra 50%,” Roberts said.