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Facts not perceptions should drive school funding decisions

Media reports state that some Catholic school systems are claiming new Australian Government funding arrangements create “distortions” for Catholic school funding in terms of how parents’ capacity to pay fees is assessed. Undermining the Catholic system argument, the new funding arrangements utilise a measure of parental capacity to pay, the “SES methodology” which has been in place for both Independent schools and Catholic schools since 2005, or in other words, for 12 years.

ISCA welcomes announcement of National School Resourcing Board

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) welcomed the announcement today of the membership of the National School Resourcing Board. The Board represents an important new development in school education in Australia.

Outdated copyright rules costing our education system dearly

While our schools attempt to equip students with the skills of the future, Australia’s copyright laws are stuck in the past. Designed to address the challenges of photocopying in schools, they bear little relevance to education in the internet age.

Schools should not be singled out for political point scoring

The Independent school sector is increasingly concerned at a growing trend in the public discourse around school funding that focuses on the Independent sector, and more particularly on individual Independent schools, for inappropriate political point scoring.

Independent Schools and Gonski 2.0

Read ISCA’s latest Independent Update on the new Commonwealth funding arrangements: Independent Schools and Gonski 2.0

Independent schools welcome passage of funding reforms

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has welcomed the successful passage through the Parliament of the Australian Government’s Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017. ISCA Executive Director Colette Colman said that, “The legislation represents a move towards fairer and more consistent Australian Government school funding. ISCA strongly supports a sector blind, needs-based funding model, consistently applied across the non-government school sector.”

Independent schools support the passage of funding reforms

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) is today urging cross bench senators to pass the school funding reforms contained in the Australian Government’s Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017. ISCA Executive Director Colette Colman said that, “The Commonwealth’s proposed funding reforms are an opportunity to take an important next-step towards a genuine needs-based sector-blind funding model that treats schools equitably across all sectors.”

Independent schools welcome copyright reform

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has welcomed the passing of the Copyright Amendment (Disability and Other Measures) Bill 2016 and the reforms it will deliver.

Consistency and equity comes at a cost

The Independent Schools Council of Australia believes that Australian government funding for all non-government schools should be allocated on the same basis. Consistency and equity comes at a cost. As long as that cost is shared by all who need to make adjustments and the benefits flow according to educational need, then this is a goal worth pursuing.

Independent Schools Welcome New Board Chair

The Board of the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Steven Bowers as its new Chair. Mr Bowers is Principal of Burgmann Anglican School in Canberra. He takes on the role as ISCA Chair following five years of service as an ISCA Board Member.

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