5 million to public schools But, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods deputy director Nicholas Biddle added, "of course having additional money is better than not".
"It has the potential to make the school a more enriching experience for those kids who go to schools where parents are able to make that contribution," he said. "The extent to which that's affected by your background characteristics or the background characteristics of the kids obviously touches on the extent to which it's an equity issue." Sixteen of Canberra's 87 public schools received more than $50,000 in voluntary and subject contributions in 2016. Nineteen received less than $10,000, including 10 with less than $5000 and two nothing. Figures do not include tax deductible donations made to library or building funds. Telopea Park School, where 72 per cent of students are in the top quarter for socio educational advantage, led the pack with $307,850.74 from parents. This was the equivalent of about $225 per child. Narrabundah College was close behind with $208,096.47 in donations, about $210 per student. Data was not publicly available on the college's socioeconomic make up. Above $90,000 were Canberra College, Alfred Deakin High, Lyneham High and Mt Stromlo High. More than half of students at Alfred Deakin and Lyneham High were in the top coach outlet store online shoes quarter for advantage last year; at Mount Stromlo, the figure was 40 per cent. Many of the ACT's school boards ask for voluntary donations to fund extra programs and resources. As well, some request payments for certain subjects such as woodwork to cover the cost of materials. Gold Creek School, for example, suggests $110 per child and a $140 "resource contribution" for new families to help the school purchase materials for science, languages, physical education and library books. Campbell Primary suggests $150 per child or $250 for two or more children while Turner School suggests $90 per student or $110 for two. Directorate chief coach official online financial officer Mark Whybrow emphasised that ACT public schools were free and all contributions voluntary "the key element is no one is excluded from education", he said. "Some people see this as they can't go and help out with the school reading and they're making a cash contribution," he said. "There's lots of volunteers in our schools and that's a much more significant contribution than these small dollar amounts that we have our school boards suggest that parents and carers provide." While some boards may use the funds to employ an additional staff member for a specific program, the vast majority of a school's resourcing came from coach outlet atlanta downtown the Education Directorate, Mr Whybrow said. "This is a very small component that gives you those extra coach outlet sale 7 62x39mm bits in the school those extra bits of consumables and support," he said. "It's not the fundamental funding of the school." Professor Biddle noted the ACT government's needs based funding model as providing equity for disadvantaged students, but said voluntary contributions were worth monitoring.
"International literature which has looked at the effect of additional funding like this doesn't find a large effect on those main outcomes, like whether a kid's more likely to complete school, their test scores when they do complete or even their future outcomes," he said. "But, of course, schools aren't just about the results you get out of it, they're the extent to which kids have an enriching and enjoyable time and my sense of the literature is that those aspects are what that additional top up funding is likely to contribute to.".
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