Education Policy

— Jan 10, 2017
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Regulation and Funding of Independent Schools: Lessons from Australia

Regulation and Funding of Independent Schools: Lessons from Australia examines that country’s education system and highlights its unique funding model for non-government (independent and religious) schools. In Australia, government funding of independent schools varies between 20 and 90 per cent per student (for operating expenses) depending on the average income of the neighbourhood in which the student lives, making them more affordable for lower-income families.

— Dec 20, 2016
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Does Constitutional Protection Prevent Education Reform in Ontario?

Does Constitutional Protection Prevent Education Reform in Ontario? finds that Ontario’s Catholic school system can be part of education reform, despite public misperceptions about the nature of its protection in the Constitution. Amending constitutional provisions that only apply to one province require a simple vote in the legislature of the affected province, and recognition by the federal Parliament.

— Nov 15, 2016
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Regulation and Funding of Independent Schools: Lessons from Sweden

Regulation and Funding of Independent Schools: Lessons from Sweden examines the Scandinavian country’s education reforms since the 1990s, which increased school choice for low- and middle-income families. The study finds as full government funding was extended to independent schools—including for-profit institutions—enrolment in independent schools increased substantially, from less than two per cent of total enrolment in 1992 to more than 14 per cent in 2014 in elementary grades, and more than 25 per cent in upper-secondary grades.

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