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New report exposes shocking $1.35 billion funding shortfall for NSW public schools
On the eve of a Federal election, a new report reveals a massive $1.35 billion government funding shortfall for public schools, while private schools are being overfunded to the tune of $287 million.
The Morrison Government will go to the polls this year responsible for a funding shortfall that equates to public schools missing out on $1,633 per student every year, while private schools are overfunded by $647 per student.
The NSW - Public Funding Schools and the School Resourcing Standard report, authored by senior economist Adam Rorris, also found that elite private schools in NSW continue to be showered with millions of dollars of Government money. A total of 36 private schools received between $1 million and nearly $7 million in extra funding.
NSW Teachers Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos said that the Morrison Government has led the way when it comes to the cash splash for wealthy private schools while public schools remain severely underfunded and with no pathway forward to meet the minimum needs of their students.
“Public schools students continue to miss out under the Morrison Government. The funding greed of private schools and priorities of this government has again been exposed.
“A national plan is urgently required to ensure all public schools are funded to the minimum level necessary to give all students, regardless of their background or circumstance the opportunities they deserve.
“The glimmer of hope we had in 2013 with the introduction of the Gonski school funding reforms has been progressively extinguished with the election of the Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison Governments,” he said.
“A decade on, public schools remain chronically underfunded. At the moment, public schools are only receiving 88 per cent of their minimum level of funding. Effectively, that means 1 in 8 kids are not being funded at all. That is more than 100,000 children.”
The report also found that between 2020 and 2023, the true funding gap for NSW public schools will be approximately $8 billion, while private schools will be overfunded by almost $670 million over the same period.
Mr Gavrielatos said the over-delivery of public funds to private schools while public schools remain underfunded is not a mistake or an oversight.
“This is a deliberate and considered outcome for school funding courtesy of the Morrison Government.
“We have the deep distortions of needs-based funding courtesy of the Morrison Government’s special deals. In total, the Federal Government has given more than $5 billion extra to private schools and nothing extra to public schools.
“If this was a report card on school funding, then the Morrison Government would get a ‘F’ for fail,” said Mr Gavrielatos.
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