ABC analysis misrepresents school funding data

Analysis of school funding data reported by the ABC gives a false impression that government schools attract less public funding than non-government schools.

“Comparing schools with similar socio-economic characteristics using ‘per-student’ funding data is fraught with problems because it ignores variables such as school size and teacher salaries,” National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) Acting Executive Director Ray Collins said.

“The data on the MySchool website does not represent the funding governments provide to system schools, but the funding that school systems allocate to meet schools’ needs, based on size and student disadvantage.

“Systems must reallocate funding from their larger schools to their smaller schools to address student need and cover costs.”

Read the full statement from NCEC here.