New model has winners, losers

Belridge Senior High
Belridge Senior High

The new figures, released this week, revealed each school’s predicted budget through the per-student funding as well as the amount schools may have expected to get under the current model.

About 46 primary and secondary schools from Duncraig to Two Rocks will receive $6,359,000 more funding than originally forecast while 21 schools will lose $3,541,000.

Coming out on top is Butler College with $580,000 more funding than expected, Butler Primary School with $314,000 and Kinross College with $533,000.

Nine high schools and two primary schools will fall short of their expected budget by $250,000.

As well as per-student funding, schools with Aboriginal students, students with disability, English as a second language students and those facing social disadvantage will receive additional funding.

Education Minister Peter Collier said schools would receive a record amount of funding under the new model.

‘The funding will go where the students are and to the students who need it most,’ he said.

Opposition leader Mark McGowan said the ‘cuts’ to schools such as Girrawheen Senior High School and Belridge Secondary College were an ‘insult’.

‘I support a simpler funding model but I don’t believe in ripping money out of schools where students need help.’

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