New data has revealed the huge cost of Malcolm Turnbull’s Gonski cuts to South Australian schools with the hardest hit missing out on over $1 million in urgently needed funding.
Those cuts to resources will have the greatest impact on the most disadvantaged schools. They 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.
These figures cannot be relied upon, and actually help to highlight the huge gap between Turnbull’s plan and the six-year Gonski agreement with South Australia.
Under the Turnbull plan South Australian schools will lose a combined $265 million in 2018 and 2019 alone, out of a total of $335 million in federal funding contained in the SA Gonski agreement.
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.
Here’s some examples that show how much Malcolm Turnbull’s plan would cost some of the hardest hit public high schools in South Australia in 2018 and 2019 alone.
Gawler & District B-12 School: $1,160,138
Marryatville High School: $1,231,003
Mount Gambier High School: $966,934
Murray Bridge High School: $1,095,016
Norwood Morialta High School: $1,510,094
Roma Mitchell Secondary College: $1,234,956
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.
SA schools like Paralowie R-12 School and Craigmore High School are already delivering improved results for students using their Gonski funding, but now face the prospect of losing over $800,000 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 SA’s wealthiest private schools in 2018.
These schools include: St.Peter’s ($271,800), Seymour College ($148,000), Pembroke Girls ($274,500) Pulteney Grammer ($192,400) Westminster School ($309,800)
In some cases these schools would get a bigger funding increase under Malcolm Turnbull than SA’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 Weatherill Government has been a strong supporter of needs-based Gonski funding, and has always been committed to honouring its share of the Gonski Agreement right through to 2019.
We need Premier Jay Weatherill and Education Minister Susan Close 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 SA schools the hardest.