Re: DSM: public school prisons (sharing the SVS model, etc.)


The Booroobin Sudbury School (booroobin@squirrel.com.au)
Tue, 14 Nov 2000 16:35:08 +1000


Hi Rick,
The only facts and figures we provide the government as a matter of course,
are an annual breakdown of our income and expenses, together with a copy of
our audited financial accounts; and census statistics twice a year providing
the numbers of students enrolled. Note that it is our responsibility to
adhere to what we said we would do in applying for, and reapplying last year
and this year, for ongoing approval as a "School in receipt of subsidy" by
the State government. We're waiting on the outcome right now, and it should
be positive, of that assessment undertaken recently. The assessment
involves an on-site inspection, and the provision of forward financial and
enrolment projections for 3 years. Right now, we have approved funding
until December 31, 2000, and we're budgeting for 2001, with the expectation
that the ongoing funding will be approved. For more detailed information,
check our web site under "school facts".
Regards, Derek
The Booroobin Sudbury School
http://booroobinschool.squirrel.com.au
Ph/fax +61 07 5499 9944
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Stansberger" <rickstan@zianet.com>
To: <discuss-sudbury-model@aramis.sudval.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 1:28 PM
Subject: Re: DSM: public school prisons (sharing the SVS model, etc.)

> Derek,
>
> Tell me how you avoid the trap of evaluation? Doesn't your government ask
for
> all sorts of facts and figures proving that public money is generating
student
> success?
>
> Rick
>
> The Booroobin Sudbury School wrote:
>
> > Hi Rick,
> > Publicly funded SVM Schools do exist. Even though we're in Australia,
and
> > all independent Schools can apply for public funding, and most, if not
all
> > do, and receive it, the principles and philosophy can be implemented,
> > without compromising the essential elements. We believe that it is a
right
> > and only
> > equitable for Students in independent Schools to be funded in the same
way
> > as they are in State run Schools. Accountability for the use of public
> > moneys follows. In fact, we're generally more accountable, because we
have
> > to satisfy Students, and Staff, then our Assembly, the Australian
Securities
> > and Investment Commission, which oversees the operation of companies,
and
> > then separately, the State and Federal Governments in different ways and
> > forms. State run schools don't have the same level of accountability.
In
> > fact, I'd be happy to compare how we use of our income and how State run
> > Schools use theirs.
> > Regards, Derek
> > The Booroobin Sudbury School
> > http://booroobinschool.squirrel.com.au
> > Ph/fax +61 07 5499 9944
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Rick Stansberger" <rickstan@zianet.com>
> > To: <discuss-sudbury-model@aramis.sudval.org>
> > Sent: Sunday, November 12, 2000 6:55 AM
> > Subject: Re: DSM: public school prisons (sharing the SVS model, etc.)
> >
> > >
> > >
> > > Robert Swanson wrote:
> > >
> > > > Absolutely (see Bruce's statement below), Sudbury is such a
different
> > > > paradigm that this round peg won't fit into the square hole of
public or
> > > > institutional education.
> > >
> > > I respecfully disagree. The only thing that makes public education
public
> > > education is its source of funding: the public pays for it through
taxes.
> > > Everything else is just a question of method. For instance, you can
have
> > public
> > > schools that aren't compulsory. You can have public Waldorf or
Montessori
> > > schools. Why not? The notion of freedom is antithetical to the
current
> > factory
> > > model (which you can find in both public and private schools), but you
can
> > have
> > > freedom in a publicly funded institution. Look at recreation centers.
> > > Tax-funded sudschools are possible. It would just take incredible
> > restraint on
> > > the part of legislators raising the money and bureaucrats doling it
out.
> > They
> > > would have to lay off notions like "accountability," and trust the
> > parents,
> > > students and staff to run the individual buildings. A highly unlikely
> > situation,
> > > I admit, but theoretically possible.
> > >
> > > Rick
> > >
> > >
>
> --
> "Weirdness abounds and shatters our illusion of order. Heh-heh. All the
> dust is being blown out from under the carpet. Wonderful stuff!"
>
> Wanda Hamilton-Quinn
>
>
>



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