At present, the Federal Government is reviewing school funding models through its Gonski review.
Stories like this are a bit skewered, because these elite private schools are in no way related to non-government independent schools who serve low SES students - many of whom KEEP THEIR FEES LOW to maintain their enrolements of students (I know this from first hand experience).
An example of the tone of the debate is to be found in the comments here:
So, in round figures, most private schools charge about $6,000 per student in fees, and the Federal taxpayer chips in about $5,000 per student ($11,000)
State school students get $12,000 of funding (mostly state).
Where is the scandal? Can ASFers comment on this?
The real scandal is teacher/parent/ student low expectations and rates of illiteracy that many students leave high school with.
I tell my students that if I accept a low standard of work from them, that is more of a comment on what I think about them. If their friends, parents and themselves will not have high expectations of them, then I bloody well will. And it truly makes all the difference. The high level of work I have recieved in return since I began my thinking in this area has been rewarding. I know what my students are capable of, and that is what I want from them. They feel better, I feel better. And they get a great education.
This clip is seriously worth 11 minutes and 41 seconds of your life.