SCHOOLS in the Coffs Harbour electorate have received an additional $7,848,297 in needs-based funding.
Local MP Andrew Fraser said the extra support was a result of the NSW Government being the first to sign up to the Gonski agreement, which will deliver $5billion in additional funding to NSW students over six years.
"It's what NSW public schools have wanted - a significant increase in funding guaranteed into the future, with the greatest benefits flowing to schools and students with the greatest need," Mr Fraser said.
"Schools in the Coffs Harbour Electorate began benefiting from additional resources distributed under the new Resource Allocation Model (RAM) last year.
"Today's announcement builds on those increases, and I am confident school communities and principals will be delighted at the prospect of planning their use of the additional funds.
"The core of the government's Local Schools, Local Decisions reforms is to put decision-making about students and school communities with the people who know them best - the principals, school staff and parents.
"The distribution of funds on a needs basis under the RAM gives them exactly that opportunity.
"Many schools in the Coffs Harbour Electorate will see additional benefits in areas such as literacy and numeracy support, teachers' professional development and community engagement."