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Posted: Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Radical Funding Freeze Proposal
Government and non-government schools deserve to be appropriately funded to ensure they achieve high quality outcomes for every student in every school.
The Centre for Policy Development’s radical proposal to freeze funding for low fee Catholic schools would threaten parents’ right to choose a faith-based education for their child.
Every student deserves a base level of educational funding in Australia. A funding freeze would put pressure on school fees at a time when many families in western Sydney are already struggling to make ends meet. Many parents who send their child to a Catholic school in western Sydney make big sacrifices to pay school fees because it is the best fit for their child’s educational needs and religious preferences.
Catholic schools receive government funding because they play an integral role in providing education in the community. In western Sydney, Catholic schools educate one in four students. Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta is one of the largest employers in western Sydney with over 5,000 staff. A funding freeze for low fee Catholic schools would not only have an adverse affect on our students and their families, but also our teachers and staff, local business and wider community. It would also put more pressure on the State government to cater for new public school places.
Students and families should not be disadvantaged for choosing a Catholic education for their child. We need to stop pitting non-government and government schools against each other and allow diversity and choice for families in the type of education they want for their children.