The party’s education spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young has told ABC radio people are sick of the argy-bargy between the states and the federal government and sick of the hyper-partisan fights between the government and the opposition.
Senator Hanson-Young says they want more funding for the schools that need it, to look after our kids and give them certainty, and for those schools that have been over-funded for far too long to be reined in.
“People are sick of the argy-bargy between the states and the federal government, they’re sick of the hyper-partisan fights between the government and the opposition, we’ve got to get the politics out of this,”the party’s education spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young told ABC radio.
“We want more funding for the schools that need it, we want to look after our kids and give them certainty, and for those schools that have been getting off with being over-funded for far too long, they need to be reined in.”
Two dozen non-government schools are in line for reduced federal funding, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed.
The list could include eight Catholic schools in NSW, Victoria and the ACT despite Education Minister Simon Birmingham insistence Catholic schools will not be worse off under what the government’s dubbed Gonski 2.0.
Asked if the 24 schools were “rich, private schools”, Mr Turnbull told the Seven Network on Wednesday: “Yes, that’s right.”
“They’re non-government schools. They will receive less per student, not a lot less, and the reason for that is that the goal is to get everybody being treated equitably and consistently.”
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Senator Birmingham earlier confirmed a further 300 schools will experience lower rates of funding growth under the plan to be put to state education ministers on May 18 and premiers in June.
The Catholic education sector is angry, claiming a majority of its schools are on the hit list for cuts.
But Senator Birmingham denied they will be worse off – pointing to funding growth of 3.7 per cent per student under his proposed model.
“That is growth well above the wages growth that mums or dads around Australia are exercising at present,” he told Nine Network.
Overall, federal funding for schools will grow from $17.5 billion in 2017 to $30.6 billion in 2027.
To stop cost shifting, states will need to maintain real per student funding levels or face receiving less commonwealth funding.
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In 10 years, the federal government will provide 20 per cent of the minimum Gonski be recommended “school resourcing standard” for government schools – up from 17 per cent – and 80 per cent for non-government schools.
David Gonski, who was first commissioned by Labor, to conduct a review of schools funding will now prepare a report for the coalition government on how to turn the extra money into better student outcomes.
NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes welcomed the extra funding, but warned Canberra it was moving away from existing agreements with the states.
NSW was considering “all the options available to us”, suggesting the possibility of court action.
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Senator Birmingham said he would be surprised if NSW wanted to spend money on lawyers instead of schools.
Labor has criticised the plan, which it says is a $22 billion cut from its original proposal.
Labor leader Bill Shorten: “Australians will never trust the Liberals when it comes to properly funding schools. When they think they can get away with it, they’ll cut.”