EDUCATIONAL REFORM IN REGARD TO SCHOOL FUNDING
WHAT I BELIEVE
I have worked as a teacher for the past 17 years. I put myself through university as a mature aged student when I was 36 years old, so I had a lot of real-life experience before I started teaching. I also have different high expectations.
PROBLEMS WITHIN OUR STATE SCHOOL SYSTEM IN REGARD TO FUNDING ARE THESE:
1. Some funding’s from the State for schools are based on performance and not mainly needs based. We have State-wide tests where funding is given on the bases of how well a school performs in certain tests/NAPLAN TEST. A school that has a lot of special needs children or low economic children that would need MORE funding because of these children with special needs do not receive this funding. Because that school performs poorly in the NAPLAN test, they will receive less funding. This thinking is back to front. Hence, why teachers are ordered by principals to teach for the test and encourage students with leaning difficulties to stay away during the NAPLAN test.
2. The flipside of the above is parents may not be aware that the child’s school is collecting data on their child without their consent to receive funding for their school. Teachers are encouraged and sometimes ordered by their principal to collect data that highlights mental, physical and learning difficulties with individual students within their classes and store it on a State-wide data base. Schools receive more funding based on the number of students with difficulties and the severity of the difficulties. The problem with this system is it is rife for abuse. Your child may be used as a means of receiving more funding for a school without your consent or knowledge.
MY ACTION PLAN
1. There needs to be a State-wide enquiry and review on funding for QLD schools
2. Teachers need to be allowed to have more of a say in the decision making and funding allocation for their schools. Teachers who are not part of a union should be allowed to contribute to the decision-making process in par with those who belong to a union.
3. Parents should be allowed to see all data that is being collected and used concerning their child in regard to funding for their child’s school.
4. Openness and transparency should be the motto for reform in this area.