CONGRATULATIONS to the public education community, parents, teachers and students who campaigned relentlessly for O'Farrell to sign up for Gonski. This historic breakthrough in school funding will fund on student need.
Public schools do the heavy lifting for disadvantaged children and the death of the old funding model which entrenched inequity is a victory indeed.
The success of public school campaigners is shown by the share of Gonski funding public schools will receive nationally, 83%. States must grow their school funding indexed at least 3% per year from 2014. The success of the campaign tells politicians that touching the money for our children in public education is a no go zone.
But, and there is always a but, pressure must be kept on other states and territories to sign and federal legislation has to be passed. The Gonski campaign has a second stage so keep it out there.
CH Teachers Association