Media release: Morrison’s gifts to private schools now valued at almost $5 billion – public schools get nothing

Today’s announcement by the Morrison Government has confirmed the Federal Government’s special deals with private schools have reached almost $5 billion, while public schools get nothing.

Teachers Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos said details announced by the Government confirmed the extension of existing special deals.

“More money for special deals for already over-funded schools to transition to even more favourable funding deals exposes the government’s desired destruction of needs-based funding in this country”, Mr Gavrielatos said.

“These special deals continue to favour schools and systems that are already operating at or above their resourcing standard.

“The Morrison Government has again turned its back on NSW public schools. This additional money is on top of a $1.2 billion “Choice and Affordability” fund announced in 2019 that excludes public schools.”

The news today shows a blow-out from $4.6 billion to $4.8 billion in special deals exclusive to private schools consisting of:

  • $200 million to provide schools with flexibility while converting to optimal census data
  • $3.4 billion for Direct Measure of Income changes and
  • $1.2 billion for a “Choice and Affordability” fund.

“NSW public school enrolments are increasing; our schools educate the overwhelming majority of students – including the majority of those from disadvantaged backgrounds”, said Mr Gavrielatos.

“We’re doing this at the same time the Morrison Government is also delivering $1.9 billion in capital funding to private schools while delivering nothing to public schools.”

“Public schools in NSW are barely funded at 90 per cent of the funding they need. It is unacceptable that we have a Prime Minister and a Government who continues to ignore public schools, their families and teachers.”

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