The Australian Education Union in Victoria says a new report released today shows the recent school funding deal between the state and federal governments will see Victorian public schools underfunded by billions of dollars over the next ten years.
“Scott Morrison’s funding cuts mean public schools in Victoria will continue to be funded below the national minimum resourcing standard set by his government,” said Justin Mullaly, Deputy President of the Australian Education Union in Victoria.
“Students who have additional learning needs or face disadvantage will not get the extra learning support they deserve. What schools need is additional funding to make sure students get the extra support in classrooms so they can thrive.
“Every day teachers, support staff and principals deliver high quality education to children and young people in our public schools – but more resources are needed immediately to properly meet the learning and welfare needs of every student.
“There is an astounding lack of transparency about how the funding deal between state and federal governments will deliver funding into public schools. Neither the federal nor state governments want principals, teachers, or parents to be able to do the numbers on the extent that public schools will be underfunded.
“The Morrison government is treating Victorian public school students like second class citizens and left the Victorian government with little choice but to sign up to a funding deal that leaves public schools well below minimum resourcing standard.
“But the contribution of the Victorian government needs to be seriously questioned as well. They will not deliver on their promise to make Victoria the ‘education state’ if they do not step up to the mark and deliver their share of the extra resources students and teachers need.
“The students who most need support, who need specialist literacy or numeracy help, who need support to address their learning difficulties or staying engaged at school, these are the students who will miss out.
“The absence of real information about the funding deal needs to be addressed by all levels of government – it is impossible to tell where the funding is going, except that it is clear every catholic and independent school will reach the minimum funding benchmark and public schools won’t.
“We don’t know exactly what the funding split is between public, catholic and independent schools. We don’t know exactly how much the state and federal governments are contributing to each sector. We don’t know the rates of funding increases in each sector over the life of the agreement. We don’t know how much real additional funding is being provided, on top of indexation and enrolment growth.
“Public schools should be the first priority of every government, as public schools educate the majority of students and the vast majority of disadvantaged students.
“We are calling on the Victorian and federal governments to come clean on and provide the full details of the deal and tell parents and school staff how and where funding will flow over the coming years”, said Mr Mullaly.
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