Public funding for schools associated with Scientology revealed - 2016-07-12

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F73.png Public funding for schools associated with Scientology revealed July 12, 2016, Eryk Bagshaw, Sydney Morning Herald

Schools associated with the Church of Scientology are receiving more government funding per student than hundreds of Australian public schools, new data has revealed, despite benefiting from generous private donations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in school fees.

The Athena and Yarralinda schools receive a combined amount of up to $475,000 in recurrent public funding every year to educate fewer than 60 students.

The schools follow the "Way to Happiness" philosophy of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, but maintain they are a secular part of the tax-exempt Applied Scholastics group of schools worldwide, which has strong public links to the church.


{{cite news | first = Eryk | last = Bagshaw | title = Public funding for schools associated with Scientology revealed | url = http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/public-funding-for-schools-associated-with-church-of-scientology-revealed-20160711-gq2ye7.html | work = Sydney Morning Herald | date = July 12, 2016 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}