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ERIC Number: EJ766616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 36
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
Some Proposals for Change to the Role of the Catholic Sector in the Australian School Funding Policy Process
Furtado, Michael
Australian Educational Researcher, v33 n3 p55-90 Dec 2006
This paper is set against a history of school funding policies in Australia that begins with the first public policy recognition of the disadvantages experienced by government and non-government schools in the 1973 Schools in Australia (Karmel) Report. The paper traces a history of school funding policy linking it with the current backlash against public education and retaliatory backlash constructions of public schools as the new disadvantaged in an increasingly competitive and deregulated school funding policy environment. These backlashes, argued to be against the indiscriminate funding of independent schools policy by several protagonists of public education, are framed in terms equivalent to what Lingard and Douglas (1999) have called "recuperative" politics. From the kind of recuperative statist politics considered in this paper, construing the backlash effects of public and private schools as damaging and unproductive as those emerging from the gender wars in education policy, I propose a move to an Australian school funding arrangement in which all schools, both public and private, are integrated into one deregulated and equally funded sector, as typify diverse school provisions in several OECD polities (Caldwell 2004, FitzGerald 2004). While briefly tracing a school funding policy chronology, this paper also concentrates on the current policy moment in relation to school funding, that signals the end of distinctive public and private education sectors, and in the context of which it argues that private schools should be funded equally to state schools, a trend in evidence since 1996. The focus on the current policy moment entails an abbreviated analysis of the Fitzgerald Report ("Governments Working Together: A Better Future for All Australians" 2004), which makes a number of recommendations to the Victorian and other governments in relation to the public funding of all Australian schools. The paper addresses the impact of this trend especially on the funding of Australian Catholic schools. (Contains 4 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia