Joint paper looks at school funding
WA Union organisations have released a paper aimed at outlining funding cuts to South Perth’s public schools over the past two years.
The paper is a joint effort between community groups Putting our Kids First and Save our Services, with both organisations having strong union backing.
The report examines funding for local schools between the 2013 and 2015 calendar years.
It also compares how the schools stack up against other schools in the electorate and the across the state.
Meredith Hammat, spokesperson for Save our Schools and Unions WA, said this was the first time the organisations had attempted to set out the size of the cuts to recurrent funding, school by school.
“We’ve found that a majority of schools are getting much less recurrent funding per student in 2015 compared to 2013,” Ms Hammat said.
“While some schools have experienced welcome increases, the state-wide average funding per student is a cut of $505 compared with 2013.”
According to the report, Collier, Como, Curtin and Manning primary schools all recorded a slight increase in funding this year compared to 2013.
But Como Secondary College, Kens- ington Primary School, Kensington Secondary School and South Perth Primary School received budget cuts this year compared to two years ago.
The report can be viewed at www.saveourservices.com.au/school_report_sign_up
But WA Education Minister Peter Collier said the figures were misleading.
“The 2013 data includes what are now called targeted initiatives such as universal access, operational response allocations and regional allocations, while 2015 figures don’t,” Mr Collier said.
“There are other factors that make this comparison incredibly misleading. Taking these into account equates to an extra $748 per student in 2015.”
South Perth Primary School is one of the school’s studied in the report.