Clock tick­ing for state’s school funds

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

MORE than $4.2 bil­lion in fed­eral fund­ing could be lost to Queens­land schools un­less the fund­ing dis­pute is re­solved in the next 27 days.

State Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Grace Grace this week warned that the abil­ity of Queens­land schools to get a good deal had been un­der­mined by the de­ci­sion of New South Wales and South Aus­tralia to sur­ren­der to the Mor­ri­son Gov­ern­ment’s school fund­ing re­forms.

In Septem­ber, Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dan Te­han warned state min­is­ters that if they did not reach a fund­ing agree­ment by De­cem­ber 7, then un­der leg­is­la­tion no Com­mon­wealth cash could flow to state, in­de­pen­dent and Catholic schools next year.

Mr Te­han yes­ter­day said he wanted to con­clude ne­go­ti­a­tions with states as soon as pos­si­ble.

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