Federal money fails to make up for Barnett education cuts

The State School Teachers’ Union said WA schools would still be at least $70 million worse off next year, despite a $30 million funding injection from the Federal Government.

The State School Teachers’ Union said WA schools would still be at least $70 million worse off next year, despite a $30 million funding injection from the Federal Government.

The Barnett Government has confirmed it will be slashing funding to the state’s schools by $103 million next year.

This would include cutting 500 education positions, slashing funding for special programs by a third, freezing teacher numbers and imposing a long service levy on schools.

“The State Government has also already confirmed $7 million from the National Partnership Rewards Payments scheme will no longer go to schools,” said SSTUWA President Anne Gisborne.

“That money comes from the Federal Government and is paid as a reward to schools which meet targets in literacy, numeracy, attendance and early childhood studies.

“Those schools deserve that money, but now it looks like it will simply be absorbed by State Treasury.

“What guarantee have we got that the $30 million now promised by Minister Pyne won’t also disappear into Treasury coffers? How do we know it will actually go to schools?”

Ms Gisborne said the Federal Government had already spent millions of dollars which resulted in the Gonski funding model, and the agreements put in place should be honoured.

She has called on the Barnett Government to negotiate WA public schools into this new, fairer student needs focused model.

Note:

Some examples of what Gonski would mean for WA schools:

Albany Senior High School from $14 million (2014) to $28 million (2019)

South Thornlie Primary School from $5.5 million (2014) to $7 million (2019).