Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Vexed Question

This article about school funding appeared today -
There have always been issues with developing a funding model that is fair and equitable. Many years ago I was responsible for allocating Special Program funding to a group of remote bush schools . No matter what we did, taking into account SES data, and indexes of cost and distance , no measure was ever completely fair.
We used a committee of locals drawn from the area and this helped a little, but it was necessary to structure the meetings carefully to ensure everyone had a fair go - the more confident and assertive were often in the ascendancy.
Bottom line is that no system will ever be completely fair, but that the decisions need to be made by those closest to the action.
Unfortunately, the current bureaucratic model is moving towards greater centralisation and control which works against this principle.

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