Stu­dents in lousy deal on fund­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - BRIT­TANY VONOW

QUEENS­LAND stu­dents lost out on $ 95 each in fed­eral fund­ing in four years from 2009, while cash for kids in Catholic and in­de­pen­dent schools in­creased.

Fed­eral fund­ing fell by al­most $ 100 for Queens­land stu­dents from 2009 to 2013, ac­cord­ing to the latest fig­ures pro­vided to Se­nate Es­ti­mates by the Aus­tralian Cur­ricu­lum, As­sess­ment and Re­port­ing Au­thor­ity, ad­just­ing for in­fla­tion, with Queens­land hit by the worst fund­ing losses across the coun­try.

Fund­ing from the state in­creased by $ 184 per stu­dent in the same four years, ac­cord­ing to Save Our Schools anal­y­sis.

State Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Kate Jones said she was con­cerned Queens­land schools would lose a fur­ther $ 6 bil­lion from the most re­cent fed­eral bud­get.

“Those cuts will rip money from class­rooms in public, Catholic and in­de­pen­dent schools across our state. It means re­sources will be stretched and pro­grams may be cut,” she said.

“Queens­land schools across all sec­tors de­serve bet­ter, that’s why I’m con­tin­u­ing to lobby the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to re­verse these cuts.”

But a spokesman for Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Christo­pher Pyne ar­gued it was a fund­ing fail­ure from La­bor.

“Bill Shorten failed to de­liver new na­tional fund­ing ar­range­ments, he failed to reach agree­ment with Queens­land and he ripped $ 794 mil­lion out of Queens­land schools be­fore the last elec­tion,” the spokesman said.

Kate Jones.

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