Victorian schools will get an extra $358 million in needs-based Gonski funding in 2017, under new allocations announced by the Andrews Government.
This will allow schools to build on what Gonski is already achieving, through smaller classes, more one-to-one support and extra programs for kids who need them.
But schools won’t have certainty beyond next year, with Malcolm Turnbull wanting to scrap Gonski funding, a move that would cost Victorian schools $950 million in 2018 and 2019 alone.
The Turnbull Government’s attack on needs-based funding has continued with a new scheme to shift funding between States, while sticking to its plan to deny schools $3.8 billion in Gonski funding in 2018 and 2019 alone.
The Coalition’s plan to favour private schools after 2018 has already been exposed but Education Minister Simon Birmingham is now saying he wants to end State-based agreements and move to a one-size-fits-all model which will leave some States worse off.
Minister Birmingham will meet his State and Territory counterparts in Adelaide tomorrow to discuss funding after 2017.
It is now more important than ever that States stand firm for Gonski and resist Minister Birmingham’s divide and conquer tactics.
New evidence shows the WA Government has cut funding to its most disadvantaged schools and failed to pass on its Gonski funding in 2014.
Instead of getting the smaller classes, one-to-one support and literacy and numeracy programs that students in other States are getting, WA kids have seen public school funding drop and student/staff ratios increase.
The WA Government has cut overall funding to schools by 7.5% between 2009 and 2014 (figures in 2014 dollars), with public schools being hardest hit with a 10.6% drop in funding.
New research has exposed how Malcolm Turnbull’s school funding plan will abandon needs-based funding after 2017 and leave disadvantaged schools worse off.
We know the Coalition went into the federal election with a quick fix funding plan, which would deliver billions of dollars less to schools than Gonski.
But its claims that extra schools funding would go “where it was most needed” have been torpedoed in an analysis by education funding expert Jim McMorrow.
By Briana Blackett
They say when you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism. Like all children they have unique quirks, strengths and weakness that can’t be catered for by a one-size-fits-all approach.
This means schools need to be resourced, and teachers trained, to adapt the way they teach to suit children who think and learn differently. Children like my seven-year-old son Freddy, who is a daily example of how Gonski funding is helping children overcome their challenges.