Stakeholders urged to have their say on school funding

 

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic is asking local schools and parents for their feedback on the first comprehensive report into school funding since 1973.

The “Review of Funding for Schooling” was undertaken by a panel of eminent Australians chaired by David Gonski AC.

“Our prosperity as a nation rests on having schools that can compete with the best in the world and I want every local school to be of a world-class standard,” Mr Husic said.

“The report found that current funding arrangements are not getting the best results for students and that they are complicated and lack transparency.

“It shows that funding is one reason our nation isn’t giving every child a great education.

“I know local schools and parents have taken a great interest in the Gonski review and it’s important we examine the recommendations together and hear the feedback.

“The report findings show that we need to fund our schools in a way that is fair and transparent and ensures every child gets access to a world-class education.

The Review of Funding for Schooling recommends introducing a Schooling Resource Standard, which would have a set investment per student, and additional top-up funding to target disadvantage.

“When the Government began this review we promised that no school would lose a dollar per student and that commitment stands,” Mr Husic said.

“I’m a vocal advocate for public education in Chifley, but I’m equally supportive of the non-government school sector who share a common goal with their public school colleagues.

“This is a great opportunity for the Chifley community to have its say, and I will be inviting key stakeholders to local forums to have a discussion about the report and how best to resource schools locally and across the country.

 “Our schools are already seeing the difference from the Gillard Government’s doubling of investment in education.”

“When I travel around, I see the real benefits schools are getting from new classrooms, science labs and other facilities.”

“The Gillard Labor Government has also been investing in teacher quality, giving more power to local principals and providing more information to parents than ever before through the My School site.”

“The next important step in improving our schools is to make sure they are getting the funding they need to teach our children.”

The full report, the Government’s initial response, details of the next steps are available at the Your School Our Future website at www.schoolfunding.gov.au.

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Ed Husic MP
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