Concern over education funds

There is concern over funding for high schools.
There is concern over funding for high schools.

‘A needs-based funding model is long overdue; however I am deeply concerned that secondary schools will lose $45 million in funding which will be redirected to primary schools,’ Mrs Rowe said.

‘This means 26 secondary schools will lose between $750,000 and $1.25 million each over the next five years, a massive cut that will seriously impact on their capacity to deliver the same standard of education to students.’

Last week, Education Minister Peter Collier announced what he said was ‘record funding’ for schools next year, with funding for each student based on their year level.

He said the model was set to deliver more for the youngest students. Public schools were provided with their preliminary budgets for 2015 last week.

For Year 2 students every school will get $7572, and $9023 for Year 11 and 12 students.

Every school will get between $310 and $1085 for each eligible student from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

‘For the first time, every Aboriginal student will be allocated an extra $1631 to $2120 depending on the proportion of Aboriginal students in the school,’ Mr Collier said.

Students with disabilities will also be allocated up to $68,000.

Public schools, such as Tranby Primary School, will be operated with a one-line budget to bring them in line with Independent Public Schools, which have used one-line budgets since 2010.