Gonski 2.0: Winners and Losers
BY PETER GOSS, GRATTAN INSTITUTE, SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAM DIRECTOR — From theconversation.com
COMPARED to the Labor proposal, most schools, sectors and states will feel like losers. But taxpayers are big winners. Grattan Institute analysis shows that Labor’s plan is far more expensive than required, a huge problem given the state of the Federal budget.
Compared to the 2016 budget, the big winners are:
• Government schools in states that are currently underfunded, especially New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland
• Western Australia, which receives much less from the Commonwealth for its government schools
• Underfunded independent schools (especially the lower-fee schools, some of which are the most underfunded schools in the entire country).
Compared to the 2016 budget, the big losers are:
• Catholic schools, which will lose a number of special deals (especially for the Australian Capital Territory which had a special deal all of its own); more analysis is needed to understand whether they will be worse off overall
• 24 highly over-funded schools that will have their per-student funding cut
• About 300 slightly over-funded schools that will have their funding slowed or frozen. It is not entirely clear who these schools are at this stage.