Prime Minister Scott Morrison's $4.5bn private school funding boost rejected by NSW Government

| 21.09,18. 08:44 AM |

Prime Minister Scott Morrison's $4.5bn private school funding boost rejected by NSW Government

Photo: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced an extra $4.5 billion in funding for the Catholic and independent schools sector. (AAP)

The New South Wales Government has announced it would not sign up to any school funding model that offered "special deals" for private schools.

The Federal Government yesterday announced an extra $4.5 billion for Catholic and independent schools, moving away from a funding model based on census data to one based on parental tax data to calculate a school's wealth.

But NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes said funding should go to the students that need it most.

"We've always been the Gonski state," he said.

"The Gonski principles provide that school funding should be needs-based and sector-blind. And these are the principles we hold very dear."

"Certainly, the Gonski principles and the whole basis upon which we've been negotiating the next funding agreement with the Commonwealth Government is that there would be no special deals."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed the funding boost for private schools on Thursday, saying it would "mean the opportunity to get the best results from school" for students and "for parents, it will mean that choice remains affordable".

"For teachers, it will mean certainty of funding so they can get on with the job," he said.

In a statement issued later that day, Mr Stokes said: "Quite simply, I won't be signing any deal that doesn't treat every student and every school with fairness."

It is expected that the new funding calculations will be brought in from 2020, according to a recent review by the National School Resourcing Board.


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