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Let’s meet in the middle on schools funding, not continue the trench warfare

The Grattan Institute’s Peter Goss writes in The Conversation (23.9.16) about the continuing impasse between the federal Coalition Government and the states regarding the matter of funding for school education.

‘Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham dropped a bombshell on state governments on Thursday, just 24 hours before the Education Council meeting in Adelaide.

‘Declaring that he wants to end the “corruption” at the heart of the Gonski model, he announced a new agenda to align state-by-state differences in funding.

‘It is an ambitious, albeit worthy, battle to pick at the eleventh hour. But it only tackles part of the problem.

‘The larger issue is how to deliver full needs-based funding to underfunded schools in a way that ensures the extra money will be well spent.

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