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Funding gap widens
Trevor Cobbold, an economist and independent lobbyist for public schools has claimed in his submission to the federal government's school funding review that the gap between public and private school funding has become so large that it would cost between $6 and $9 billion for public schools to catch up.
Cobbold's submission received widespread media coverage yesterday, including articles in the Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times, an item on the ABC Radio program The World Today, and attracted attention on talkback radio throughout the day.
He says the inequity has been made worse under the funding regime introduced by the Howard coalition government, and continued under the Rudd and Gillard Labor governments.
The analysis shows that the gap in per-student spending between public and independent private schools more than doubled over the last decade. In addition, he says that public schools enrol the vast majority of students with special needs, but were inadequately resourced to meet their needs.
Cobbold said: "Governments have given greater priority to supporting privilege in education than to overcoming educational disadvantage."
He added: "Governments are effectively placing more value on enriching the lives of those from privileged backgrounds than those who are not as well favoured in society. Government schools are being denied the funding they need to provide an adequate education to all their students.
"This is indefensible in a society that calls itself a democracy."
Trevor Cobbold, a retired economist, runs a website called Save Our Schools, which acts as a resource for public education lobbyists.
- "More spent educating independent students", Sydney Morning Herald, 2 November 2010
- "More spent educating independent students". Canberra Times, 2 November 2010
- Save Our Schools website
Download the submission
- Closing the Gaps by Trevor Cobbold (PDF, 692K)