NSW secondary school leaders have united to push for action on the Gonski Review's recommendations, describing this as a ''once in a generation opportunity'' to address the shortcomings of Australian education funding.
With the Council of Australian Governments meeting earlier this month, the peak bodies for NSW public, independent and Catholic schools are calling for a commitment to reform.
''We're saying, 'Forge ahead with Gonski' '', said John Collier, the chairman of the NSW branch of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia.
Together with the president of the NSW Secondary Principals' Council, Christine Cawsey, and Tricia Maidens, of the Association of Catholic School Principals, Dr Collier is seeking to discuss the government's attitude to the Gonski findings with the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, and Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli.
The review, chaired by the businessman David Gonski, proposes a new schooling resource standard to determine funding for all school sectors, with loadings for disadvantaged students and a $5 billion investment to reverse Australia's falling school performance.
Secondary schools unite to press for swift action on Gonski reforms (Sydney Morning Herald)