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School fees to rise as local school funding abolished



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Christopher Pyne, MP 

Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training  Manager of Opposition Business in the House   

School fees to rise as local school funding Published 4/5/2011

Details of exactly how much funding local schools in Sturt will lose if current funding arrangements are

abolished have now been revealed.

Nine schools in Sturt are known as 'funding maintained' schools, because the Howard Government didn't want

any school to lose funding when the new school funding model was introduced in 2001.

These schools are mostly smaller catholic or independent schools that cater to middle income families facing

cost of living pressures who can't afford a hike in school fees.

Unfortunately, Schools Minister, Peter Garrett has confirmed that these 'funding maintained' schools will very

likely be worse off when the funding review is completed, and for the first time we can reveal how much they

stand to lose.

School

Heritage College Inc

Suburb

Oakden

Amount cut per

annum

$148,808.23

Kildare College Holden Hill

$107,869.08

Loreto College Marryatville

$2,050,019.13

Mary Mackillop College Kensington

$415,793.73

St Francis of Assisi School Newton

$350,900.16

St Joseph's School Tranmere

$320,523.72

St Joseph's School Payneham

$323,563.38

St Joseph's School Hectorville

$355,961.22

These cuts will have to result in higher school fees for parents already struggling with cost of living pressures.

The only way to try and stop the cuts is to make our concerns known, and I would urge all parents, teachers

and principals with concerns at these schools to contact my office.