Lifestyle

$2m in school funds gonski?

Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott
Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott Contributed

MORE than a dozen Southern Downs schools will have their funding slashed if the proposed Gonski Review changes are implemented, figures leaked at the weekend show.

Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott yesterday said the proposed Gonski reforms could threaten the livelihood of our country schools.

"All the Gonski Review has done is take a red marker and cut money from schools in small country towns," Mr Scott said.

Schools on the hit-list include a number of primary schools from Warwick, Stanthorpe, Karara, Leyburn and surrounds - a total funding loss of $2,297,306.50.

The controversial Gonski report, released in February, outlines a new school funding model allocating a standard amount for every student, with loadings added on for factors affecting student performance.

These would include "social disadvantage", being indigenous, living in rural and remote areas and disabilities.

The report calculated the cost of extra funding for all schools to provide a high standard of education without taking one dollar away from any, was $5bn a year.

This was based on 2009 figures, but new calculations the extra money required in actual 2013-14 dollars would be about $6.5bn.

Mr Scott said the funding changes, which could be up to $470,000 for some schools in the region, would "radically redesign" education alongside another 9500 schools in the country.

"The modelling blew apart the government's claim that no school will lose a dollar in funding," Mr Scott said.

"The government has been sitting on the Gonski Review since December last year and we're still waiting to see a formal and detailed response.

"Parents will pay more, or class sizes will rise, as funding is cut to more than 3200 government, Catholic and independent schools across Australia."

He said the government needed to decide whether the plan would be adopted sooner rather than later.

"The modelling must be released immediately to give parents and schools certainty," Mr Scott said.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said he would not sign up to a national partnership that meant fund-cutting for schools on the Southern Downs.

"I am concerned these early projections suggest nearly 500 Queensland schools could face losing funding under the Gonski reforms - that's almost a third of our schools," Mr Langbroek said.

Topics:  bruce scott, gonski review, primary schools



We are not amused; seniors get man arrested in Warwick CBD

Photo Alex Leggett / Warwick Daily News

A MAN has been arrested in the Warwick CBD today.

Rose City revheads set to brave downhill ride

REV HEADS: Joshua and Isaac Gale have worked tirelessly to ensure their cart is up to scratch and ready for racing.

THERE'S only one day left to get your billy cart spruced up.

Century-old grave at church may contain human remains

Ian McNally with a chunk of timber adorned with brass fittings found in a 100-year-old grave site, uncovered under a concrete slab.

WORKMEN have made a gruesome discovery during an excavation.

Local Partners

9000 reasons to support our community clubs

Community clubs are good at what they do. They are not so good at telling the world about what they do, as Clubs Queensland CEO Doug Flockhart explains.


Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E7: Manifest review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E6: Suckas Need Bodyguards review

Rosario Dawson and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E5: Just To Get A Rep review

Mahershala Ali, centre, in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E4: Step In The Arena review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Rob Kardashian admits his first crush was his sister Kim

Rob Kardashian once had a crush on his sister Kim Kardashian West.

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Rural properties expected to soar as investors seek income

Rural properties are should become highly sought after

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual