The burden of lifting up the disadvantaged is not evenly spread

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The recent political and public fallout of the school rezoning issues concerning Adelaide and Botanic high schools speak to a wider issue gripping public schools across Australia.

A segregated landscape of advantage and disadvantage, most apparent in public high schools, has emerged via changing enrolment patterns across the past 10 years.

Public schooling is at a tipping point — made so by a history of inequitable federal funding, a politically inspired doctrine of schooling competition, more standardised bureaucratic regulation, and the consequent fallout felt by many public schools serving those hit by economic downturn and geographical isolation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Specialist publicationThe Advertiser (Adelaide)
PublisherThe Advertiser (Adelaide)
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2019


  • equity
  • school funding
  • disadvantage
  • schools


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