Parents unite for action on Gonski reform

DORRIGO parents are calling on the Federal Government to restore funding to its Gonski education reforms.

Funding for the final two years of the six year education reforms were absent from the recent Federal Government, sparking concerns that Australia's most disadvantaged students could be hardest hit.

Dorrigo High School Parents and Citizens Association has written to Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker asking him to lobby for agreements to be kept.

In a statement provided to the Coffs Coast Advocate, the P&C committee said the reforms were being "severely and significantly limited by the Federal Government".

"The students at all our local schools will benefit significantly from implementing the recommendations of the Gonski Review over the full six years," the P&C committee said.

"This is important because the bulk (two-thirds) of the funding occurs in the fifth and sixth year, but the Federal Government is only committing to the first four years."

Concerns have been backed by the NSW Teachers' Federation, which said the funding shortfall amounts to $10 billion for NSW schools over a decade.

But Mr Hartsuyker said the Coalition had "matched funding for schools committed by Labor over the forward estimates".

"Our approach will provide schools and parents with the funding certainty they deserve," he said.

"It means that the Coalition will match Labor dollar-for-dollar over the next four years.

"The Commonwealth funding to all schools across NSW will increase by $1.2 billion, a 25.7% increase from 2014-15 to 2018-19."

Education Minister Christopher Pyne last week again rejected State Government calls to reinstate the funding for the final two years, after meeting with his state counterparts.

"There is a four-year funding agreement," he said.

"The Federal Government is fully funding that, as are the other states and territories.

"As that agreement nears its end, we will renegotiate the next four years as has been the case since time immemorial."



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