Catholic parents call on Government to resolve funding

Parents concerned

Catholic School Parents Australia (CSPA) has called on the Federal government to resolve uncertainty around school funding as quickly as possible.

In a statement released yesterday, Mr Tony O’Byrne, Chair of CSPA, said: 'Catholic School parents call for certainty, fairness and clarity in the current funding debate and although we welcome the commitment to existing funding agreements for 2014 we need to be sure that beyond that our schools will not be worse off. Funding must ensure that a Catholic education continues to be an affordable option for families into the future.

'Prime Minister Abbott’s assurance that the school education "funding envelope" will remain the same over the next four years gives some confidence but parents want to know what it means for their Catholic School and for the diverse range of families who choose a Catholic Education for their children,' Mr O’Byrne said.

'CSPA (which is the national voice for parents of over 735,000 children in Australian Catholic Schools) acknowledges and supports Minister Pyne’s commitment to remove any unnecessary red tape that adversely impacts on the primary role of schools – to help educate Australian Children' he said. 

'CSPA is prepared to work with the Federal Government and Catholic Education Authorities to assist with a process to resolve the funding uncertainty and understand the government’s plans.'


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