The Grattan Institute report Circuit breaker: a new compact for
school funding is fundamentally flawed, according to Catholic Education
Melbourne Executive Director Stephen Elder.
report is based on a false assumption,” Mr Elder said, “that the current
funding model accurately estimates school funding needs.
this is not true, but the Grattan model assumes that teacher salaries are the
same across Australia when instead state and territory governments set teacher
pay based on their own circumstances.
other problems too. The base funding amounts are derived from schools that were
higher performing in 2012.
funding arrangements come into place in 2018 this data will be six years out of
pretends that government schools don’t charge fees but this defies reality.
also penalises states that fund their schools well and creates perverse
incentives. These states are assumed to need less federal funding.
acting as a circuit breaker, these fundamental flaws mean the report
immediately short circuits.'
said the Grattan report showed lightweight thinking.
are supposed to challenge existing policies and come up with new alternatives.
the problems with the current funding model all that Grattan’s proposal on
school funding amounts to is a change in indexation rates.
focuses on how the school funding target, known as the school resource
standard, moves each year rather than asking if the target itself is right or
how much of it the federal government should fund.
'It fails to
tackle the deep defects in the current arrangements and look where the real
criticism, Mr Elder said the report was not without its merits.
that we need to keep more of our high performing teachers in classrooms,' Mr
Catholic Education Melbourne is already one step ahead of Grattan’s recommendation
‘school leaders need to be able to manage resources well’ with innovative
programs such as the MBA for principals we have developed with the Australian
Catholic University, the first qualification of its kind in the nation.'
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