Private school fund hike
Seymour’s private schools are in line to receive 300 per cent more government funding than our public schools.
A breakdown of data contained in Canberra’s online estimator, released just ahead of the federal budget, shows St Mary’s College will receive $15 184 in Commonwealth funding per student in 2027 while Seymour College will receive just $4582.
The estimator details how each school’s funding will change in the next 10 years.
An $18.6 billion investment will see all but 24 schools in Australia receive a funding boost, but it will widen the gap between public and private school funding in Seymour.
The level of government funding to schools is shaped by various factors including school size, socio-economic 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.’’
Ms Haythorpe said schools would be $22 billion worse off during the next 10 years than they would be under the needs-based Gonski agreements.
‘‘Schools can’t close student achievement gaps with cuts to funding, it’s that simple,’’ she said.
‘‘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’’.
‘‘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 the current arrangements Labor left us with.’’
The government announced earlier this month it would enlist businessman David Gonski to conduct a review of funding in the education sector. The review, dubbed Gonski 2.0, comes just seven years after he delivered a report to the Gillard Government with dozens of recommendations, including a $5 billion annual increase in schools funding.