Privatisation in Education Research Initiative (October 8, 2012)
Amid debate over government spending on private schools, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is in the process of negotiating a new school funding deal. Gillard wants to increase education funding by $6.5 billion a year, provided that reforms be implemented to improve teacher quality and student performance. As previously reported, Gillard’s goal is for Australian students to be ranked among the top five countries in math, reading, and science, by 2025. While her plan would increase funding for private as well as public schools, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott believes private schools will suffer as a result of the plan.