Email Digital Story Innovation Team By Inga Ting, Katia Shatoba and Alex Palmer Updated September 02, 2020 05:45:33 Map: NSW Retail worker Kate McMahon was a single mother when Ashton, now eight, was born. It hasn’t been easy finding the money to send him to the local Catholic school, but she says it’s worth the struggle.”I grew up in a divorced family, public housing, public school, so I made sure that I worked really hard … to be able to afford to send him somewhere better,” Ms McMahon, 33, said.Ashton is in Year 2 at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Toukley, on the Central Coast. This year, the family will pay roughly $3,400 in school fees — an amount Ms McMahon has never thought to question.Skip ahead to see what the data reveals about your Catholic primary schoolLeaked documents seen by the ABC suggest hundreds of NSW Catholic schools are missing out under a scheme that will have diverted more than $300 million in public funding from the system’s poorer to richer primary schools by 2023.Administered by Catholic school authorities and approved by the state’s bishops, the scheme aims to keep fees low for families in wealthy parts of… Read full this story
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