Courts have wrestled with questions about public funds for students at religious schools for decades.
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The school’s approval may be the strongest challenge yet to limits on public money in religious schools.
One recommendation to fix inequity in Australia is for the government to fund non-government schools to the same degree as government schools, while banning them from charging fees.
Catholic secondary schools experienced significant growth prior to 2015, but since then, enrolments have stagnated.
Australia is in the midst of a population boom. But Catholic school enrolments have been decreasing since 2013.
Catholic pronouncements about LGBTQ people can be summarized as, “It’s OK to be gay - Just don’t act on it,” a position some Catholics reject.
Using Catholic doctrine to fire LGBTQ teachers and discriminate against queer students in Catholic schools violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Funding boosts to private schools will not necessarily result in lower fees.
Increased funding to Catholic schools won’t necessarily make them more accessible for low-income families.
New analysis shows parents at advantaged Catholic schools can afford to pay their way.
New analysis shows wealthy parents at advantaged Catholic primary schools could actually afford the increase to school fees under the needs-based model.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has unveiled a package of $4.6 billion over a decade for non-government schools.
After fierce attack from Catholic schools over the new funding arrangements, the Morrison government has announced a new $4.6 billion package for non-government schools.
The era of two school systems in Ontario should be riding into the sunset. There are enormous cost savings and community benefits to be had by merging the public and separate school systems. A school bus is seen here in Markham, Ont.
The time to consolidate Ontario’s two school systems is long overdue. It’s no longer viable to dismiss the issue on Constitutional grounds. All that’s needed is political will.
The storm over school funding continues, and at its centre, how best to decide who pays.
Estimating parents’ capacity to contribute to their children’s schooling is both vital and politically sensitive. Schools with well-off parents get much less funding from government.
In the debate about Catholic school funding, it needs to be recognised that not all Catholic schools are the same.
Catholic schools say they’re losing money under Gonski 2.0, but this is only true for schools serving students in affluent areas – those in poorer areas will either be unaffected, or get more.
Both men and women are capable of being excellent teachers, and we want both in our schools.
Despite the need for both male and female teachers, male primary school teachers could be extinct by 2067.
The Supreme Court’s decision in the Trinity Lutheran case is blurring the lines between church and state.
The Trinity Lutheran case signals the Supreme Court’s willingness to interpret separation of church and state as religious discrimination. What will this mean for the future of vouchers and school choice?
While it may not be perfect, Gonski 2.0 greatly improves equity in the way we fund Australian schools.
The passage of the new schools funding program is a big win for Australian children.
Labor has been steadfast in its opposition to the government’s school funding plan.
The Catholic sector, having lost the old special deals, would be anxious to extract some new ones from an ALP government that had extra dollars to put around.
The government is making frantic efforts to seal a deal on its school plan before parliament adjourns for the winter break.
Simon Birmingham met Catholic education representatives on Monday night, receiving such a haranguing that at times it was difficult for him to get a word in.
The government is counting on a deal with the Greens or the support of most of the other Senate crossbenchers to pass its schools funding package.
Critics are expected to speak out in the partyroom on Tuesday, demanding more information about the effects of the schools package on the Catholic sector.
Some in the Catholic community previously labeled the Safe Schools program as ‘controversial’.
The new program for Catholic schools draws on the same research as Safe Schools (so perhaps it wasn’t part of a ‘Marxist agenda’ after all).
Labor must explain how its additional funding will benefit students.
Here’s why Labor’s figure for school funding is too high.
Catholic schools haven’t always received government funding.
Federal and state government funding to the Catholic sector does not necessarily then flow straight to the school.
The government’s national school funding plan passed the House of Representatives on Monday.
The Turnbull government’s schools funding proposal ‘should be embraced by all sides of politics’ provided some adjustments are made, a Grattan Institute submission says.