Sydney, Australia, Jul 7, 2018 / 15:50 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Catholic schools in Australia could see an increase of up to $74 million a year from independent schools following a new review proposing better use of data to rank families’ socioeconomic status.
The proposal drew praise from Catholic schools and raised some concerns from independent schools.
Ray Collins, acting executive director of the National Catholic Education Commission, said the commission was “very pleased” that the National School Resourcing Board “has recognized the inherent inequities with the current methodology.” The commission looks forward to “a new approach to ensure fair and equitable funding for non-government schools,” he said in a July 6 statement.
Collins said the report agreed with the commission’s long-standing view that the ranking methodology was “fundamentally flawed and negatively impacts a significant number of Catholic schools, as well as some independent schools.”
The socioeconomic status review board has said measures of parents’ capacity to pay for schools must become more precise and should use a “direct measure” of their income from tax and census data. This would affect the amount of government funding from 2020 onwards, the U.K. newspaper The Guardian reports.