The gap widens between public and private schools

Public schools are set for a backwards spiral over the next four years with less and less federal funding. A funding gap between private and public schools of $4008 a student has been revealed by a Federal Budget analysis.

According to Professor Jim McMorrow who commissioned the report, public schools increased their 2011-2012 share in funds to 41 per cent but were set to drop to 37 per cent by 2014-2015.

He claims that this growing funding gap is because Federal Government tends to fund non- government schools while State Governments fund public schools but The Federal government has the access to revenue while States funds are tied up with other requirements.

Tom Changarathil was joined by South Australia’s Australian Education Union President, Correna Haythorpe, who told us what this funding gap means for private schools.

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