IEU members have commenced an online campaign to bring this matter to the attention of all local federal parliamentarians.
Students with disabilities attending non-government schools remain significantly under-funded compared to a student with the same learning adjustment needs attending a government school.
Disturbingly the funding differential is greater for students with high-level support needs who may require, for example, a full-time aide or Auslan interpreter. The gap in funding for these students can be over $40,000 per student per year.
The previous federal government and the current government have failed abjectly to act on the advice of the Gonski panel and as a consequence continue to fail school communities including not only the students with disabilities, but also their families, their teachers and education support staff.
IEU members will be calling upon all parliamentarians to make public statements of support for more public resources for all students with disabilities and support the full public funding of these students irrespective of the school or school sector that they attend.
Commitments like the More Support for Students with Disabilities, worth less than $560 per student this year, are not even ‘band-aid solutions’.
And the interim SWD loading, allegedly worth $17,000-$22,000 per student, is realized for almost no schools and indeed for many a princely sum of less than $2000 per student is funded in 2014 compared to the full loading that will not ever be realized under the current federal funding arrangements.
IEU members are asking their local MPs: I care, do you?
IEU campaign website: www.educationforall.com.au/swd