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Labor's school pitch for Catholic vote

Catholic schools will get more money if Labor wins the Federal Election as well as help with their disruptive students and a commitment that facilities and teachers will be shared between public and private schools.

The "community charter on Catholic schooling", announced yesterday by Opposition Leader Mark Latham, says Catholic systemic and public schools would have the same guidelines for suspending students and would collaborate in dealing with "severely disruptive students".

Government and Catholic schools would engage in joint planning before new schools were established to minimise duplication, share "specialist staff" and set up homework centres for students from either school sector.

In return for the unspecified "increased funding" to Catholic schools, they would be required to keep their fees low so fees "do not act as a barrier to participation".

"We really want to take joint responsibility, work with the Catholic education systems in a genuine partnership to build choice, to build quality, to build access and accountability," Mr Latham said.

Labor's school pitch for Catholic vote (Sydney Morning Herald 26/8/04)

Labor enters into charter to boost Catholic schools (The Age 26/8/04)
Pledge on Catholic education (The Advertiser 26/8/04)
Unions lashed as Latham lifts Catholic school cash (The Australian 26/8/04)
ALP to boost Catholic schools (AAP/Seven News 25/8/04)
Labor, Coalition spar over school funding (ABC 25/8/04)

26 Aug 2004