$790m boost for NSW Catholic and Indy schools

Major boost

NSW Independent and Catholic schools will receive an extra $790 million in funding over six years as part of a new system of schools funding, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli will amend the NSW Education Act to allow it to comply with a new national agreement for funding non-government schools.  The new agreement replaces the existing legislation, which requires the state to provide non-government schools with 25 per cent of the per-student funding it gives to government schools.

A spokesman for Mr Piccoli said all schools would receive extra funding under the National Education Reform Agreement. 'There will be an estimated additional $790 million provided to non-government schools in NSW from the state and Commonwealth over the period 2014 to 2019,' he said.

'Funding to non-government schools will continue, but will be delivered according to an improved needs-based system, rather than being tied to the cost of educating government school children.' The NSW Government recently announced a new funding model for public schools in NSW, which resulted in funding cuts for more than 200 schools.

NSW Greens MP John Kaye criticised the move. 'It's a scandalous increase to a sector that is already awash with cash,' he said. 'The O'Farrell government is making private schools even wealthier while cutting funds from more than 200 disadvantaged public schools,' Dr Kaye.

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