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School cash bonus

Wednesday, 23rd October, 2013

By Andrew Robertson

Local schools will benefit to the tune of over $1 million next year courtesy of a new funding model that targets disadvantaged students.

The State Government yesterday announced details of the new model which distributed more funding to schools that have a higher number of Aboriginal students and those from low social economic backgrounds.

An extra $100 million, secured through the Gonski Agreement, will be allocated to the state’s public schools next year on top of their base budgets used for staffing and operational costs.

Details of what individual schools will receive is available online and reveals Broken Hill schools are set to get over $1 million extra in funding. Five primary schools will receive an increase of $100,000 or more and BH High School will get an extra $390,000.

That will bring its funding to almost the level of Willyama High School, which will actually receive almost $50,000 less than it did this year. Wilcannia Central School will also benefit to the tune of about $130,000 while Menindee Central will receive an extra $91,000.

Education Minister Andrew Piccoli said yesterday more than 90 per cent of all public schools would receive more funding under the so-called Resource Allocation Model.

Full implementation of the new model is expected to occur in 2017. By then principals will be expected to manage more than 70 per cent of their school’s total budget, compared to 10 per cent currently.

NSW Teachers’ Federation president Maurie Mulheron welcomed the extra funding, saying it was needed to address the learning needs of disadvantaged students.

“Whilst teachers would have preferred a quicker phase-in of increased funding over the six years of the NSW agreement, this is a significant development in the history of schools funding in this state,” he said.

But Mr Mulheron said it was unacceptable that nearly 200 schools would receive up to $50,000 less than their current funding levels.

“On behalf of these school communities, the Federation will be calling on the Minister to allocate the relatively modest amount of additional funding required to ensure no school dips below current funding levels next year.”

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