New England Schools to lose out on $26.38 million over next two years: NSW Teachers Federation

BARNABY Joyce’s old primary school stands to lose more than $30,000 over the next two years if cuts to education funding go ahead.

Woolbrook Public School is one of many in the New England region that would receive 70 per cent less funding under version two of the Gonski funding system, the NSW teachers federation claims.

Responding to a 10-year funding package, announced by the Turnbull government this month; the Federation says $26.38 million would be stripped from the New England electorate in 2018 and 2019 if the original Gonski agreement was not honoured.

Under the new model, the Federation says Hillvue Public School stands to lose $1.4 million while Armidale High School would lose almost $540,000.

Westdale Public School could lose $994,000 and $1.3 million could be stripped from Tamworth Public School.

Tamworth High School stands to lose $1.1 million while $642,000 could be taken from Tamworth Public School.

The new figures follow the release of a school funding estimator website last week which sparked concerns by educators the figures would promote ‘uninformed analysis.’

The federation developed a school-by-school comparison and compared data from the federal government’s School Funding Estimator website, and NSW Government data detailing the federal government’s funding obligations under the current funding agreement.

A spokesperson from Mr Joyce’s office said there were no cuts to school funding.

“There are no cuts to school funding. Funding for NSW students increases by $3.6 billion over the next decade,” the spokesperson said.

“For example, one of the largest Catholic schools in the New England Electorate, McCarthy Catholic College, will see its funding increase by more than $23 million over the next 10 years. Also Hillvue Public School’s funding in 2018 will increase by $103,400 to $2,022,400 and by $5,974,100 to $25,223,100 in the next 10 years.

“All schools in the New England Electorate will see their funding grow by an average of 4.7 per cent in 2018, and a significant average of 54.4 per cent over the next 10 years.”

The spokesperson said the union was quoting outdated figures from a deal struck by the Gillard Government and that ended in the Budget three years ago.