Philanthropy and Public Schools
This article by Catriona Fay touches one area of the Gonski Report that has been largely overlooked. While many of us have concerns about the movement of philanthropy into education funding based on the unhealthy and undemocratic influence of the Gates, The Walton Family and others in the US and would also not like to see large cash injections leading to a Government retreat from funding responsibility it is important that public and non government schools are not unequally placed re access to philanthropic funds
In the 24 hours since its release the public response has been mostly positive to David Gonski’s comprehensive report on the funding of Australia’s schools. The independent and catholic school systems, state education proponents and unions are all urging the Gillard Government to act on the recommendations of the report. With 5 billion extra dollars being earmarked by Gonski to fund his reforms it’s not all together surprising.
One of the big surprises falling from the report was the focus on the need for greater partnerships between schools and philanthropy. The recommendations equally acknowledge the role philanthropy plays in our communities and the need to better equip schools to access that funding. We’ve raised some of the issues facing philanthropists wishing to support schools in a previous post and it was great to see some of the important voices on the issue, Ros Black, Michelle Anderson, Philanthropy Australia, Brian Caldwell…
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