Fair Funding for Catholic Schools

As we head towards a State Election, parents are encouraged to consider how each political party is promising to support our Catholic schools.

Until recently – Catholic schools in South Australia received the lowest level of funding in the country.

In November, the State Government announced that it would increase recurrent funding to our schools. This equates to a $14.3 million increase in 2018 and brings us into much closer alignment with the amount Catholic schools receive in other parts of the country. The State Government also announced a capital grant of $5.5 million indexed annually to CPI.

While this is good news for our schools, there is much more that can be done to ensure our schools receive adequate support.

You can read more at: www.cesa.catholic.edu.au/news/fair-funding-campaign

Dr Paul Rijken is principal of Cardijn College, a Catholic secondary co-educational school (7-12) in the southern region of Adelaide with a total of 1120 students and 140 staff. Marcellin is a campus of Cardijn College. It provides students in Years 10 to 12 with SACE, training and apprenticeships. It has an enrolment of over 155 students and 30 staff. Paul has been the principal at Cardijn College since 2005. He has a Ph.D. from Curtin University in Science and Mathematics Education. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders.

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