Gonski fail: Private schools guzzle government funding

The original 2011 Gonski report was designed to clean up Australia’s opaque and convoluted system of school funding, as well as establish a new needs-based funding model.

This was to be achieved by introducing a “base rate” level of funding per student, known as the Schooling Resource Standard (SRS), with extra loadings on top based on a number of equity categories.

Instead, the former Labor Government butchered the implementation, concluding special deals with different jurisdictions and promising that no school would lose a dollar under the plan.

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