New data has revealed the huge cost of Malcolm Turnbull’s Gonski cuts to Victorian schools with the hardest hit missing out on over $1 million in urgently needed funding.
Those cuts to resources will hit disadvantaged schools the hardest and would mean fewer extra programs and less in-class support for students who need it.
The Federal Government has released a funding calculator, which shows how much it claims individual schools are likely to receive under its proposed new funding model for 2018.
But new data released by the Victorian Government has exposed the huge differences in funding between Malcolm Turnbull’s model and the six year Gonski Agreement signed with Victoria.
Victorian schools will lose a combined $630 million in 2018 and 2019 alone.
This is a major blow for a school system which has historically been the worst funded in Australia, and is relying on the Gonski Agreements to get schools up to the minimum resource standard.
So what do these cuts mean for your school?
It’s no wonder state governments want the Federal Government to honour the full six years of the Gonski agreements when you see how much their schools are set to miss out on.
Here’s some examples that show how much Malcolm Turnbull’s plan would cost some of the hardest hit public high schools in Victoria in 2018 and 2019 alone.
Dandenong High School: $1.8 million
Manor Lakes P-12 $1.4 million
Warrnambool College $1 -1.1 million
Hoppers Crossing High Secondary College: $1.1-1.2 million
Narre Warren South P-12: $1.7 million
Bacchus Marsh College: $1 - $1.4 million
Strathmore Secondary College $1.4-1.6 million
These are big differences and they represent real programs that will be lost, or won’t be able to be extended to cover all students who need them.
Victorian schools like Kambrya College and Wodonga Senior Secondary College are already delivering improved results for students using their Gonski funding, but now face the prospect of losing over $1 million in funding.
Despite claims that Malcolm Turnbull’s funding model will crack down on overfunded schools, the plan will still deliver funding increases to some of Victoria’s wealthiest private schools in 2018.
Schools like Caulfield Grammar ($582,000) Haileybury ($576,000), Wesley ($379,000), Carey Baptist ($353,000) and Geelong Grammar ($277,400) will still see their federal funding increase in 2018.
In some cases these schools would get a bigger funding increase under Malcolm Turnbull than Victoria’s high need public schools.
But this isn’t an anomaly – it’s what happens when you move away from needs-based funding, and the recommendations of the Gonski Review.
Under Malcolm Turnbull’s plan, just over half of the extra federal funding over the next ten years will go to private schools. Compare that to the Gonski Agreements which would see 80 per cent of extra funding go to public schools, because they have the greatest need.
The Federal Government’s favouring of private schools means 84% of public schools won’t reach the Schooling Resource Standard by 2027. That means many schools will never get the resources they need for their students.
The Andrews Government has been a strong supporter of needs-based Gonski funding, and has recently announced it would honour its share of the Gonski Agreement in 2018.
We need Premier Daniel Andrews and Education Minister James Merlino to keep up the fight, right through to June’s COAG meeting.
We can’t let Malcolm Turnbull get away with cuts to Gonski which will end needs-based funding and hit disadvantaged Victorian schools the hardest.