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Doubts linger over funding for schools in 2014

FUNDING for Queensland schools remains uncertain after a "one year reprieve", which ends in December this year, the Queensland Teachers Union has told a Senate inquiry.

Union president Kevin Bates spoke to the Senate Select Committee on School Funding in Brisbane on Tuesday, revealing doubt lingered over the future of state schools next year.

While the state government has promised $131 million of federal funding will be delivered this year, Mr Bates said no guarantees had been given on funding for 2015 or later years.

He said the current funding model in place at the state's schools was "failing our students, and worse, it is failing those students who most need help".

Mr Bates said while the State Government should be "applauded" for confirming the 2014 funds were guaranteed, there were no promises for the future.

"The funding that was delivered was $131 million this year, at a flat rate, and it is not clear the amount of funding (available) for next year or the process by which that will be delivered," he said.

"Not only are we not favoured with a commitment to increase funding, there's no protection for Queensland in respect to the government actions in relation to reducing the education budget."

That uncertainty was in part fed by a Federal Government review of school funding, the results of which the state is understood to be waiting for before it can allocate funds.

Mr Bates told the inquiry there had been "discussions" over potentially $794 million over four years from the Commonwealth, but the ministers had "not made any public statement" about the commitment.

The State Government, which was originally expected to appear during the hearing, did not arrive, with the committee noting the government "got the wrong message" and apologised for its absence.



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