Parents seek more out of Gonski report
THE future of public school funding will be decided next week when the Government hopes to ink a deal that would bring an increase of $6.5 billion a year in combined state and federal funding by 2019.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard's meeting with premiers at the Council of Australian Governments on April 19 comes after negotiations with public, independent and Catholic schools for a new funding system based on last year's Gonski recommendations.
"When the Gonski Report was commissioned it was very much welcomed by principals of NSW public schools who for too long had seen the inequities that existed in the current federal model of funding schools," said Ocean Shores Public School principal Chris Hauritz.
"The current funding model directs the bulk of education funding to private schools and does not consider that public schools support the majority of students from low socio-economic communities, Aboriginal students, students with disabili- ties, students from non-Eng- lish speaking backgrounds, and students in regional areas."
If the recommendations of the Gonski report are fully implemented, there would be significant improvement of outcomes for all public, catholic and independent schools, he said.
"No school will lose funding but more will be directed where it is most needed," Chris said.
Coorabell Public School P&C President Magira Holmes, who has three children enrolled in local public schools, said it was time for parents "to give a Gonski".
"As it currently stands, the majority of funds raised by the P&C go into educational resources for the children. We don't come up with funding for the icing on the cake but for the cake itself," Ms Holmes said.
"We need to convince the Federal Government to give a Gonski. We need to encourage our political leaders to get onboard."