Clarity needed in school funding debate

by Peter Goss

Submission to National School Resourcing Board review, Wednesday 21 February

Different interests have competing views about the ultimate goal of government funding to non-government schools in Australia. To cut the confusion, the policy goals of the parental ‘capacity-to-contribute’ element of the school funding formula need to be clarified. In this submission to a National School Resourcing Board review, Grattan Institute’s School Education Program Director Peter Goss also calls on the board to confirm — or refute — the argument that the present funding formula is bias against Catholic schools. If such bias is found to exist, the board should propose a way to remove it.