The federal government has announced a school funding agreement with the states that maintains the four-year agreements entered into by the Labor government and restoring $1.2 billion removed from the Budget Estimates prior to the election.
The government’s backflip was announced just before today’s Question Time at a joint press conference by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Education Minister Christopher Pyne. It follows days of criticism from state governments and lobby groups after last week’s announcement that the Gonski funding deals would be abandoned after 2014.
School funding will now be $2.8 billion over the next four years. It includes $1.2 billion cut from the forward estimates after Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory failed to reach agreements with the Gillard and Rudd governments.
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Joint press release from Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Education Minister Christopher Pyne.
A FAIRER FUNDING AGREEMENT FOR SCHOOLS
Following negotiations with Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory the Government has secured a national agreement on school funding.
The Coalition is committed to ensuring a fairer funding arrangement for schools nationally, whether a deal was signed with the former Labor government or not.
We will restore the $1.2 billion funding cut by Labor – bringing total additional school funding over the next four years to $2.8 billion – ensuring no State or Territory misses out. [Read more...]