The Age reported today that Victorian state school families spent more than $400 million last year in “parent payments” on education essentials. This is equal to $619 in parental payments per child every year. The article also points out that schools in socio-econonically advantaged areas are able to collect much more in parent payments than those in disadvantaged areas.
PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail said, “It shouldn’t be about their capacity to pay. It should be about how they can give children a quality education to meet their potential, without that pressure of having capacity to pay.”
Gail also commented on the time and effort school leaders put into fundraising for educational basics. “They have got enough to do: their priority is to teach our kids,” she said.