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ERIC Number: EJ889823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9441
Choosers and Losers: The Impact of Government Subsidies on Australian Secondary Schools
Watson, Louise; Ryan, Chris
Australian Journal of Education, v54 n1 p86-107 Apr 2010
For over three decades, government subsidies have been a major source of funds for private schools in Australia. Private schools now enrol more than one-third of all students. Analysing administrative and participation data, we find that Australian private schools have used government subsidies to increase the quality of their services (that is, to reduce student:teacher ratios) rather than to reduce their fees. As a consequence, the socio-economic composition of private schools has remained above average while a higher proportion of public school students now come from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds. The data suggest that Australia's government funding scheme is ineffective in facilitating access to private schools for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds and has undermined the viability of public secondary schools. (Contains 2 tables and 10 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia