Given what I said the last two times I have talked about the Education Revolution — see One and a half cheers for Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard and More for Kevin and Julia to chew on… — you may be surprised to learn that I think Schools required to report income may be a good idea.
ALL schools will have to publish their income from fees, fundraising and investments as part ofthe federal Government’s insistence on greater accountability and transparency in the schools system.
Education Minister Julia Gillard will tell a forum of independent schools today that the Government will require schools to report income streams as well as student performance and demographics. Ms Gillard says funding of non-government and government schools will be conditional on publicly reporting their performance to identify substandard schools and share best practice.
“I want to make it absolutely clear that everything we require of public schools, we will require of non-government schools and everything we require of non-government schools we will require of public schools,” a copy of Ms Gillard’s speech says…
Ms Gillard says the Government’s framework for reporting will include the income streams into schools “so we can properly analyse what difference extra resources make”.
What do you think?