When ‘Fair’ is Just Not Fair

 In Educational Leadership

Victorian government schools must teach the standard curriculum to all enrolled students. And it must be free. Government funding covers the costs of school staff, school buildings and extra support for children with a disability.

Essential items, however, whichchildren need in order to learn the standard curriculum, are determined by the school council of each individual school. Parents have to pay for these items.

Consider this:

School Aexpects parents to purchase an ipad, headphones, and digital licences for online texts, at a total cost of $1500.

School B expects parents to purchase pen and paper and donate to a library borrowing system for paperback text books, at a total cost of $80.

This is not free education. This is not a standard curriculum.  

Over the coming weeks, as the election campaign revs up, schools will be prompting parents to support the Fair Funding Now campaign – a campaign led by the Australian Education Union.

This campaign is a lie. Schools don’t believe in Fair Funding Now. And why not? Because schools send the bills to parents.

Victorian government schools do not teach the standard curriculum to all enrolled students. And it is not free. Every taxpayer funds government school buildings and school employees. Every family must bear the cost of learning.

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