Pri­vate school fund hike

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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