Independent schools beat out Catholic in Gonski funding boosts
The Deputy Prime Minister has commented on the Govenrment’s figures for education reform in Queensland, saying there is an increase available for every school in the state of the next six years.
According to the figures, 187 Independent schools in Queensland would receive $258 million in extra funding from 2014 to 2019 under the proposed reforms, while the Catholic sector would receive $254 million across 296 schools.
The comments today continue the pressure on Queensland Premier Campbell Newman to sign on for the Gonski reforms, he and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek have consistently spoken out about the possibility of money being taken from universities and creating extra bureaucracy.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to deliver the biggest investment in schools in generations," Mr Swan said, "there is a very clear choice now before the LNP Government... signing up to the new, fairer funding system, will benefit every sector and every Queensland school.”
Parties on state and federal levels have accused each other of politicking on Gonski reforms in Queensland, including the ban on School Education Minister Peter Garrett from campaigning in state schools last week.