NCEC welcomes ALP promise to fully fund Gonski

Announcement approved

Catholic education has welcomed an announcement by the Federal Opposition to pump $4.5 billion into the nation’s schools by fully funding the Gonski funding agreements it struck when last in office.

- Fairfax Media

The ALP has also pledged, if it wins power later this year, to reverse the $30 billion reduction to school funding over the next decade revealed by the Coalition in its first budget.

With Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull soaring in the polls, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is attempting to shift the focus to education – one of the party's traditional strengths.

The announcement was welcomed by the public and Catholic school sectors.

The National Catholic Education Commission said it would provide certainty for schools.

Australian Education Union President Correna Haythorpe said: “This funding is an investment which will ensure that all schools will have the resources they need to give their students a quality education.

“If Malcolm Turnbull is serious about innovation and educating all kids to their potential he will support this in full.”

When the Coalition came to power in 2013 it announced it would only fund the first four years of Labor’s six-year school funding deals. State governments have lobbied hard against the reduction given the biggest increases in spending, around two thirds, were contained in years five and six.

Mr Shorten confirmed for the first time yesterday that Labor will honour the full six years of funding deals with NSW, Victoria, the ACT, South Australia and Tasmania – giving the states funding certainty until 2020.

The policy is expected to cost an extra $4.5 billion over school years 2018 and 2019, with the total package expected to cost $37.3 billion over the decade.

Agreements with the states that did not sign on to Gonski would be negotiated if Labor wins government, a spokesman said.

FULL COVERAGE

Labor commits to fully funding Gonski as part of election year education reform plan (SMH)

Gonski will ‘mark turnaround’ for Labor (SkyNews)

RELEASES

NCEC welcomes ALP Gonski announcement

Catholic School Parents Australia welcomes Labor school funding plan

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