I missed this little gem a few days on SMH How Catholic Education Sector Diverts Funding From Low-Income Schools To Wealthy Schools, probably because it is classified as federal politics and got buried with a bunch of other stuff, who cares about politics these :). I am personally is an avid and disappointed follower of Australian politics, however, this is a topic for another day.
This is the first time I read that gave some insight on how funding to Catholic school sector works. They are given in a lump sum format and up to the Catholic school sector to distribute the money, I agree with the government on this and think it is a flawed way of going about this. Some example of funding for various of Catholic schools is given as below.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Catholic Parish Primary School, a low-SES school in Melbourne’s Epping North, received $1.86 million in 2015 – $1.49 million less than its federal government allocation.
The most socially disadvantaged Catholic school in Victoria, St Thomas Aquinas in Norlane, received 15 per cent less than its federal government funding allocation in 2015.
Meanwhile, St Columba’s School in the affluent Melbourne suburb of Elwood received 15 per cent more funding than its federal government allocation.
St Jerome’s Catholic Primary School, a low socio-economic school in the western Sydney suburb of Punchbowl, received $2.71 million in funding in 2015 – $1.3 million less than its federal needs-based entitlement.
By contrast, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Pymble received $412,500 more than its federal funding allocation.
If nothing else the Liberal government’s new school funding policy debate has revealed a lot of interesting and relevant information on this topic.
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