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THE level of funding to schools is shaped by factors including school size, socioeconomic status, disability and student need.
But the head of the Australian Education Union (AEU) claims the latest funding arrangements will hurt public schools.
“We know Malcolm Turnbull’s plan will only widen the gap of disadvantage by locking public schools into an inherently flawed model,” AEU Federal president Correna Haythorpe said.
“If we go down this path, 84 per cent of public schools will be below the minimum Schooling Resource Standard by 2027 — this means children will be left behind.”
“Schools can’t close student achievement gaps with cuts to funding, it’s that simple,” she said.
“Malcolm Turnbull is trying to sell his agenda but parents can see through it. Cuts are cuts, it doesn’t matter how the government spins it.”
Education Minister Simon Birmingham said his government’s funding package was “truly needs-based and fair” and would provide long-term certainty to schools.
“Our plan will set students on the path to academic excellence and achieve real needs-based funding for students from all backgrounds, in every town and city, in every region and state, in every classroom,” he said.
“Our changes will ensure all schools and states transition to an equal Commonwealth share of the resource standard in a decade, unlike the 150 years of inequity Labor left us with.”
The government announced earlier this month it would re-enlist David Gonski to conduct a review of funding in the education sector.
The review, dubbed ‘Gonski 2.0’, comes seven years after he delivered a report to the Gillard Government with dozens of recommendations, including a $5 billion annual funding increase.
To access the government’s online estimator, go to www.education.gov.au/qualityschools