|Education||FUNDING WINDFALL TRIGGERS STATE AID DEBATE|
The state aid debate of the 1950s could reopen with claims the nation's wealthiest private schools are set to reap a $50 million windfall.|
A Senate inquiry has been told the government's plans for $18 billion worth of school funding over the next three years will largely help privileged private schools.
The Opposition says schools such as SCEGGS and The King's in Sydney, Melbourne Grammar, Geelong Grammar and Scotch College in Adelaide are all in line for a government funding surge under the government's proposals.
Labor education spokesman Michael Lee said he was not opposed to needy non-government schools getting extra funds. But it appeared very wealthy schools would get up to $1 million extra each, while there was doubt whether public schools will get extra cash.
The Independent Education Union (IEU), which represents private school teachers, and the Australian Education Union both warned there was growing tension on school funding.
Education Minister David Kemp says the bill aims to make school funding more transparent, giving parents choice in where they send their children to school.
The National Catholic Education Office, however, believe the new arrangements are too narrow and need to be changed.
|24 Aug 00|