Research Confirms Why Minister Stokes Must Continue to Oppose the Morrison Government’s Special Deal

Research commissioned by the NSW
Teachers Federation by education economist, Adam Rorris, has produced further
evidence supporting the need for fair funding of public schools.

Analysis of 270 private schools, based
on data obtained under Freedom of Information applications to the Federal
Government and the NSW Government, has highlighted a net overspend by the NSW
Government of almost $75 million in 2018, with more than two-thirds of these
schools receiving more than 20 per cent of their Schooling Resource Standard
(SRS) entitlement.

The study also identified Catholic
schools, as a system, as currently receiving more than their legislated
entitlement from the State Government to the tune of $85 million in 2018.

“This analysis highlights a combined
NSW overspend in the non-government sector of $160 million in 2018 alone and a
corresponding $470 million underspend for NSW public schools,” Mr Mulheron
said.

“Under the amended Australian
Education Act, NSW is to provide 20 per cent of the Schooling Resource Standard
to private schools. The evidence shows Minister Stokes is justified in opposing
the Morrison Government’s $4.6 billion special deal to private schools.

“This Federal Government cash splash
to private schools completely distorts the funding model and ignores the needs
of children in public schools,” Mr Mulheron said.

“This research highlights the urgent
need for the Catholic and independent sectors to be brought back to 20 per cent
of their SRS share.”

“The Federal Government has already
ripped billions of dollars from our public schools. The NSW Government must
restore some balance back into the system.”

“After all, the local public school is
the only guarantee all parents have. Not only that, but the public school
system does the heavy lifting, educating our most needy, disadvantaged and
vulnerable students.”

Mr Mulheron said the study and recent media comment exposed the incessant greed of the non-government sector and
highlighted the urgent need for the State Government to bring the sector back
to the legislated 20 per cent SRS share.

“How can any school system or
politician see the current arrangements as fair?”

“In the face of seemingly growing
pressure from some sectors, Minister Stokes has remained steadfast in both his
opposition to special deals as well as his commitment to bringing over funded
schools and systems back to what is their legislated share of public funding.
For this, he is to be commended.”