Shire's Schools to lose almost $2.3million

Narromine public schools are set to lose out on over $2,290,000 according to the NSW Teacher’s Federation.

The Federation announced ‘savage funding cuts’ last week to almost NSW public school over two years.

According to information from the Federation, Narromine High School will miss out on $739,493 during 2018 and 2019, Narromine Public School will miss out on $927,879 and Trangie Central School will miss out on $622,871 over two years.

The Teachers’ Federation said this money was due to be provided under the original Gonski funding agreement. 

In last week’s Federal Budget, the Government announced a ‘Gonski 2.0’ program, where funding for schools is reduced.

NSW Teachers’ Federation Regional Organiser Duncan McDonald said students in all but 10 NSW public schools will nose out under the Turnbull Government’s plan. 

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“This school by school data shows the reality behind the deceit of the Turnbull Government plan. Teachers, principals and parents can see how much funding and support their student will miss out on if the Turnbull Government abandons the NSW Gonski agreement,” he said. 

“No matter how much [the Government] use deceit and political spin, these figures show how much every public school in NSW will lose under their funding plan.” 

Mr McDonald said the Federal Government’s documents show over 10 years, Australian schools will be $22.3 billion worse off than they would be if the Gonski agreements were honoured in full. 

But Parkes MP Mark Coulton said “the Teachers Federation argument is false”, with the government's recurrent funding for schools set to increase by 75 per cent over the next decade.

“The substantial increase in funding … will ensure that by 2027 the Commonwealth will be providing 20 per cent, up from 17 per cent currently, of the school resourcing standard for all government schools and 80 per cent, up from 77 per cent of that standard for non-government schools,” Mr Coulton said.

“We will ensure that all schools and states transition to an equitable funding model within a decade. It will ensure that the same student with the same needs will be treated exactly the same in terms of Commonwealth funding no matter which state they reside in or the school system in which they're being educated.

“The Teachers' Federation is only doing the work of their political masters, the Australian Labor Party.”

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