Election 2014 - Party Policies - School Donations

Election 2014 - Party Policies - School Donations

School Donations

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  • Ensure that all state schools are fully funded to a level where high quality educational delivery is not dependant on the collection of fees, private donations, fundraising, nor private investment.
  • Require Education Review Office (ERO) reports to include an assessment of fees and donations, as well as identify what is being done for students with disabilities. (more here)

  • Labour will make sure that schools have enough money to meet their growing costs. In the past six Budgets, under the current government, real spending in education has dropped four times. Real spending on education is now 2.3% below the level the current government inherited
  • Labour will tackle school donations head on. State and integrated schools that agree not to solicit donations from their parents will be given an additional $100 a year of funding per student. For most schools, the $100 payment will be more than they receive on average per student in donations. On top of that, they will save the costs associated with soliciting, banking, and accounting for donations.
  • Not all schools will choose to take this offer. Decile 10 schools receive an average of nearly $300 in donations per student. Those schools may decide they would rather collect those donations than accept the $100 per student in additional government funding.
  • This policy is costed at $50 million a year on the basis that all state schools in Deciles 1-7, 30% of schools in Deciles 8-10 and integrated schools accept the $100 per student payment to stop soliciting donations.
  • Schools will still be able to require activity fees to be paid for the actual costs of extra-curricular activates such as school camps. They just won’t be able to ask for a general ‘donation’ to help fund school operations. The basic right to a free education will be protected by this policy. (more here)

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