GIVING A GONSKI: Principals Stewart Copeland, Jane Martyn, Michael Trist, Peter Miles, Patti Kearnes, Peter Vernon, Jim Walsh, Frank Stanton, Sue Mackay and Peter Hickey.
GIVING A GONSKI: Principals Stewart Copeland, Jane Martyn, Michael Trist, Peter Miles, Patti Kearnes, Peter Vernon, Jim Walsh, Frank Stanton, Sue Mackay and Peter Hickey. Trevor Veale

Letter to the Editor - April 6: Tax plan to hurt students

THE Prime Minister's proposal to shift full funding responsibility for public schools to the states would be bad news for local students.

It is another attempt from the Federal Government to avoid fully implementing the recommendations of the Gonski Review of school funding.

Gonski funding is designed to provide every Australian school with the resources their students need to maximise their opportunities for success.

Schools, which educate significant numbers of students from disadvantaged backgrounds - like many of ours - are scheduled to receive the extra funds to help provide additional support.

Educational experts from all around the world have lined up to praise the Gonski plan, but the Federal Coalition continue to sidestep their share of the full funding.

Pushing the responsibility back to the states, with their limited capacity to raise revenue, can only result in a loss for the majority of our children.

Funding for schools should be seen as a smart investment in their future, not an expense.

Let's hope that both sides of Federal politics come on board with Gonski before the next election.

Michael Trist,
Mid North Coast Primary Principals Association



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