Gonski would lose funding for many Catholic schools

The executive director of Catholic Education in Victoria said the state government's modelling showed more than 50 per cent of Victorian Catholic schools would lose funding if the Gonski reforms were adopted, according to a report in The Age.

''This is not inconsistent with our own modelling on Gonski, which showed for every one school that gets more money, two lose,'' said Stephen Elder (pictured). He added that this could result in school fees rising between $800 and $6000, with the biggest impact on primary schools.

''It is fair to say the Commonwealth government is aware of these issues and is trying to work through them but it does create a major problem,'' Mr Elder said.

Federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett said at the weekend that he was open to a transition period for phasing in the reforms.

His comments came as Victoria braces itself for a show-down over school funding reform, with the federal government expected to employ similar political tactics as it did over the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The federal government is likely to contribute about $3 billion - far more than the $1.5 billion the Gonski review suggested was its share of the $5 billion - and then accuse the states of wilfully blocking important reform if they refuse to sign up.


Half of Vic Catholic schools to lose funding under Gonski (CathNews)