Budget didn't give a Gonski teachers union says
THE Federal Budget will entrench disadvantage in Australian schools by failing to honour the last two years of the Gonski schools funding reforms and delivering a real cut to schools funding.
Australian Education Union federal president Angelo Gavrielatos said the budget's failure to honour the full six-year Gonski agreements would hurt schools across Australia and deny students the chance to reach their potential.
Mr Gavrielatos said the Budget would also deliver an additional cut to schools by cutting the level of indexation of schools funding.
"By failing to honour the Gonski agreements beyond 2016/17 and cutting indexation this Government has shown its hand. It is intent on turning its back on the most disadvantaged students. Public schools which educate the overwhelming majority of disadvantaged students will be disproportionately affected," Mr Gavrielatos said.
"Gonski's needs-based funding is a chance to lift overall student performance and close achievement gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students which are some of the highest in the developed world.
"It is a system that recognises extra funding is required for students from low-income households, students with disability, students from regional areas, indigenous students and students from non-English speaking backgrounds.
"Why does Tony Abbott want to deny ALL students the opportunity to achieve their very best?"
"By walking away from the last two years of funding, Tony Abbott is essentially abandoning Gonski.
"Two-thirds of the extra funding for schools will be delivered in the last two-years of the Gonski agreements with the States.
"If Gonski is abandoned up to 20 per cent of schools will not meet minimum resource standards, hurting the education of their students.