School books open
THE financial positions of Townsville schools were revealed for the first time when t he f ederal government’s controversial My School website went live yesterday in a move expected to generate widespread debate.
The city’s biggest state schools bumped the large private schools for the most funding per student, with the public schools receiving the majority of state government funding and private schools snaring up to eight times more federal money.
Heatley State High School received the most funding per student ($ 15,981) followed by Townsville State High School ($ 13,095) according to
It’s the first time schools’ financial status has been published and it has divided opinion. Capital expenditure has also been displayed and broken down by source of funding.
Queensland Council o f Parents and Citizens Associa t i o n n o r t h e r n v i c e - president Mick Cutler said it was hoped this financial information would remove the resource gap that exists between schools.
‘‘ There has always been a disparity between the ( financial position of) government schools and non-government schools,’’ he said.
‘‘ This ( financial) imbalance needs to be corrected.
‘‘ This ( new version of My School) is great, it gives a better picture of what is happening at a school. The public schools ( didn’t) want to divulge the extent of their financial position but this puts everyone on a more even playing field.’’
But Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson said using the financial data to compare one school with another was totally inappropriate.
‘ ‘ I t i s i mp o s s i b l e , f o r example, to accurately compare an independent school’s income to a state school’s income because their cost structures and accounting methodologies are significantly different,’’ he said.
‘‘ One important difference i s t hat s t at e s chools i n Queensland don’t r ecord capital expenditure on Building the Education Revolution ( BER) projects unless t hey’ v e b e e n c o mplete d , while non-state schools record BER capital expenditure on an actual basis.’’