May 22, 2013
A survey of 1600 Independent Education Union members has revealed that 90% believe the funding agreement between the Federal Government and NSW State Government is not adequate to address the immediate needs of disadvantaged and special needs students in public schools.
One in three thought their own school could be worse off in 2014 and a further one in three didn’t feel they had enough information to decide one way or the other.
Accordingly, members will be calling on local Labor MPs to assist with information about what is planned for their school under the Federal Government’s proposed school funding model.
“With claim and counter-claim about school funding, local schools need some transparency about what is happening to the funding for their school next year,” IEU Federal Secretary Chris Watt said.
Mr Watt said there had been plenty of macro data reporting about possible funding outcomes in six or ten years time and data about ‘average’ school outcomes, however, none of this assisted local schools in planning with any certainty for 2014.
“It is only reasonable at this time, with the Federal Government’s negotiation deadlines looming for State Governments, that school communities have information about what the model actually means for their school,” he said.
“Our members need to know that their jobs are secure and that their working conditions are protected,” he said.
IEU members will write to local ALP MPs with urgent appeals for the release of data about their school for the next three years.