CPD Fellow Chris Bonnor comments on Fairfax’s recent findings that state schools are scrambling for funding and are increasingly divided by socio-economic status.
The contrast between the fees and payments by parents to wealthy and poorer schools in Australia is dramatic, ranging from over $3000 to just $92. This is not surprising for Bonnor, who says it’s “no wonder schools are looking around for extra money”. The inequalities inherent in the education funding system were shown by Chris Bonnor and Bernie Sherpard in recent CPD report, Uneven Playing Field: The State of Australia’s Schools. The report found that between 2009 and 2014, independent and Catholic schools received a far greater increase in funding than state schools.
Read more on the Fairfax findings and Chris’ full comments here.