Gonski top talking point Australia-wide

The catch-cry for needs-based schools funding — #Gonski — was the top trending issue on Twitter in Australia for most of last night.

Tweets urged the Turnbull government to fully fund the six-year Gonski needs-based schools funding agreement in the May 3 Budget.

Federation President Maurie Mulheron said: "The success of the Gonski Tweetathon reflects what the polls are saying, that there is broad community support for the schools funding model to be maintained.

"Teachers and parents have now witnessed the benefits for our students the additional resources bring. This is the key message we will be taking to the community in the lead-up to the federal election," he said.

The success of the Gonski pre-Budget Tweetathon further demonstrates that Gonski funding will be a deciding factor in the federal election.

So far, the government has refused to budget for the Gonski agreement beyond 2017.

Without funding for the last two years of the agreement, schools will miss out on the remaining two-thirds of the earmarked money ($7.2 billion). This means that not all schools will transition to the national minimum resource standard, leaving our education system in an ongoing state of inequity.

Labor has committed to delivering the Gonski reforms on time and in full. In January, ALP leader Bill Shorten announced an additional $4.5 billion for the nation's schools for 2018 and 2019 and a total provision of $37.3 billion for the package over a decade.

"We are determined never to retreat in the fight for a fairer funding deal for the kids in our schools," Mr Mulheron said.

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