Funds boosted claims Canberra
THE Federal Government maintains there are no cuts to school funding under the recently announced budget, saying funding for Victorian students will increase by $3.5 billion in the next decade.
Its reaction follows a report in the Campaspe News last week, showing the federal funding level expected per student at Rochester and district schools was unbalanced between private and public schools, calculated by the government’s own online estimator.
Federal Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham said Rochester Secondary College is set for a $3.9 million boost.
‘‘A 66.5 per cent increase in per student funding,’’ he said.
‘‘St Joseph’s School Rochester is set for a $2.6 million boost of Gonski needs-based funding over the next decade.
‘‘Rochester Primary School is set for a $1.2 million boost or a 66.4 per cent increase in per student funding.’’
Mr Birmingham also said Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Elmore is set for a $1.1 million boost (39.8 per cent increase), Elmore Primary School $292,000 boost (66.5 per cent) and Nanneella Estate Primary School $405,700 boost (66.5 per cent).
Lockington Consolidated is also meant to receive a $1 million boost.
‘‘Our funding growth means there’s no reason schools won’t be able to continue to support teachers and new or existing initiatives, such as specialist teachers or targeted intervention programs,’’ Mr Birmingham said.
‘‘We’re delivering the real Gonski needs-based funding model that Labor didn’t.
‘‘Everyone can see for themselves exactly how our plan will benefit their school by visiting education.gov.au/qualityschools and clicking through to the schools funding estimator.’’