Piccoli defends needs-based funding

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has defended the importance of Gonski needs-based funding in a critical response to a draft report from the Productivity Commission.

In a media release, Minister Piccoli highlights issues with the scope of the Productivity Commission report, stating “The draft report refers to the years 2004/05 to 2013/14 in which Commonwealth funding was not provided to schools on the basis of need.”

Minister Piccoli also pointed out that only 1.5 per cent of funding had been rolled out to school during the time period covered by the report.

On Twitter the Minister was more direct, saying that he hoped no one had paid for the Productivity Commission report and that the previous SES federal school funding model was a “failure”.

Read Minister Piccoli’s full media release here.

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