Catholic educators have signalled an end to the “funding wars” over school financing. Source: Australian Financial Review.
Victorian MP Dan Tehan was yesterday appointed Education Minister by new Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Mr Tehan replaces Senator Simon Birmingham who was heavily criticised by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria over controversial Socio-Economic Status scores which are used to allocates federal money to Catholic and independent schools.
Mr Morrison said the conflict over school resourcing was one of the “key issues” and he wanted to “move quickly” with the new minister and other parties to get a resolution.
CECV executive director Stephen Elder said Mr Tehan has served in complex and sensitive portfolios such as veterans affairs and social services which required “both a listener and a doer”.
“I look forward to working with Mr Tehan and the Prime Minister to replace school SES scores with a better measure of school needs – as recommended by the National School Resourcing Board – as a matter of priority and a recognition of the importance of choice in education for Catholic school parents and bringing the school funding wars of the past 15 months to an end with the fair and equitable solution Catholic education has always sought,” Mr Elder said.
The National Catholic Education Commission, based in Sydney, said a review of SES scores by businessman Michael Chaney had showed that a new and fairer funding model is needed.
NCEC Acting Executive Director Ray Collins said: “Mr Tehan needs to ensure that key aspects of the government’s school funding model are fixed so that Australian families are able to choose affordable local non-government schools, including faith-based schools.
“Catholic school parents will hope that Mr Tehan will immediately address the funding problems created by the Turnbull government more than 12 months ago.”
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