The Disadvantage Burden of Public Schools is Three Times That of Private Schools

By Trevor Cobbold  Education Research Paper, June 2021
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The Disadvantage Burden of Public Schools is Three Times That of Private Schools

By Trevor Cobbold 
Education Research Paper, June 2021

Public schools have to do much more than private schools with far fewer resources. New figures show that public schools continue to bear the large burden of education disadvantage. Enrolments of disadvantaged students in public schools are over double that in private schools but public schools have far less income. The burden of disadvantage for public schools is three times that of private schools when their lower income is considered.

The circumstances in which public schools have to operate are abominable and deplorable. Society expects public education to deliver a quality education for all students. Yet, governments continue to starve public schools of the resources they need to meet the challenge of disadvantage. Public schools are vastly underfunded for the challenges they face while private schools are vastly over-funded for what they do.

This is likely to continue for the rest of the decade under current Commonwealth and state government funding arrangements which heavily favour private schools ..... READ FULL REPORT