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20170906 StThomasMoreForum 250St Thomas More Forum

Fair funding for Catholic schools Fair funding for Catholic schools – A perspective on the continuing fight

Wednesday 6 September 2017 | 7.30 - 9.00PM

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Keynote Speaker:
Ross Fox
Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn

Australia is unique in the world of school education judged on the extent and conditions of government funding provided to non-government schools. More than a third of Australian school students are educated at Catholic and independent schools.Australia is unique in the world of school education judged on the extent and conditions of government funding provided to non-government schools. More than a third of Australian school students are educated at Catholic and independent schools.

The 1,700 Catholic schools across Australia educating more than 750,000 students constitute an enterprise of national significance. These schools largely came into being over the last one hundred years through the thrift and commitment to education of parish communities working in partnership with committed parents and Church authorities.

In recent times the fundamental premises which have informed the administration of Catholic education for decades appear to have come under attack. This address will cover the policy realities of school funding, perceived politics and the fundamental principles at stake in an often confusing public debate as to what constitutes fair funding anyway.

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Ross Fox has been the Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn since December 2016. The Archdiocesan education system comprises 56 schools across ACT and southern NSW with 22,000 students and 2,000 staff.Ross Fox has been the Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn since December 2016. The Archdiocesan education system comprises 56 schools across ACT and southern NSW with 22,000 students and 2,000 staff. 

Ross previously held the positions of Executive Director at the National Catholic Education Commission and Director, Policy Research and Communications at the Catholic Education Office Melbourne. He has worked as a business consultant, including with McKinsey and Company, a policy adviser at state and federal level, and as a community development adviser in remote indigenous communities in Western Australia. Ross holds degrees in Engineering from the University of NSW and Philosophy Politics and Economics from Oxford University. Ross is currently a Director of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders. 

Ross is a passionate advocate for school choice in general and the values and ideals of Catholic education in particular. He believes in the transformative power of education for all people.

Venue:
Holy Faith Hall
30 White Crescent, Campbell

Cost:
$12 (Online) or $14 at the door
$5 (Student/Concession) or $6 at the door

RSVP: Noon Monday 4 September 2017

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