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Catholic schools welcome Labor pledge to shift funding


Catholic schools authorities have generally welcomed moves by the Australian Labor Party to redirect funding from "wealthy" private schools to "poorer" Catholic and independent schools.

National Catholic Education Commission chairman Monsignor Tom Doyle told The Age that the policy should be applauded for its emphasis on needy students.

Labor has drawn up a "hit list" of 67 schools that stand to lose a total of $520 million over four years if it wins government on October 9. A further 111 private schools would have their federal subsidies frozen at 2004 levels under Labor's plan to redirect money to 2500 poorer Catholic and independent schools.

Labor has drawn up a "hit list" of 67 schools that stand to lose a total of $520 million over four years if it wins government on October 9. A further 111 private schools would have their federal subsidies frozen at 2004 levels under Labor's plan to redirect money to 2500 poorer Catholic and independent schools.

However some Catholic schools are on the "hit list", or among the 111 schools that would have their funds frozen.

Shane Hogan, Headmaster of Sydney's St Ignatius College, Riverview, told the Sydney Morning Herald that the school's fees would need to rise by at least 10% next year if Labor's funding model were implemented, combined with a recent 14% pay rise awarded to non-government teachers.

The Age interviewed Philip Cachia, principal at St John the Evangelist School, East Melbourne.

"Any lift would be appreciated," he said. "I don't care if you're teaching at Brighton, Noble Park, or here - Catholic schools are doing it incredibly tough at the moment.

SOURCE
Labor's private school hit list (The Age 15/9/04)
Just privately, a Riverview family will find way to pay (Sydney Morning Herald 15/9/04)
Fees will rise, warn heads of hit-list schools (The Age 15/9/04)

LINKS
Latham gives the cuts to 178 private schools (The Australian 15/9/04)
ALP Education Policy Welcomed by Welfare Group (Brotherhood of St Laurence 14/9/04)


15 Sep 2004