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ERIC Number: EJ813872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9441
"Unhelpfully Complex and Exceedingly Opaque": Australia's School Funding System
Dowling, Andrew
Australian Journal of Education, v52 n2 p129-150 Aug 2008
Australia's system of school funding is notoriously complex and difficult to understand. This article shines some light on this issue by describing clearly the processes of school funding that currently exist in Australia. It describes the steps taken by federal and state governments to provide over $30 billion each year to government and non-government schools. The article argues that more can be done by both levels of government to implement a consistent and transparent allocation process. Greater consistency and transparency in this area would improve efficiency (by understanding better the impact of school resources on student outcomes) and equity (by understanding better the level of real need in individual schools, and funding appropriately). As such, it is a worthwhile goal. (Contains 4 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Primary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia