Journal article

The structure and funding of the school system

M Anderson, B Caldwell, P Dawkins, S King

Australian Economic Review | Published : 2005


Given a number of basic propositions outlined at the beginning of this article, we have put forward the following suggestions should an integrated public-private system be pursued. (i) Privately owned school s that choose to gain access to government funds must be subject to similar restrictions regarding compulsory fees as government-owned schools. (ii) Scarce educational funds must be bett er targeted and school communities should have flexibility to top up government funding subject to the maintenance of equity of access. (iii) To improve targeting and school flexibility, per student funding could be means-tested or based on 'area income'. Schools would be allowed to charge top-up fees to..

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