Schools Reform Package Benefits Rural Education

school-fundingWith education set to be a show piece in this week’s Federal Budget. Local member for Maranoa is wasting no time in spreading the news.

Mr Littleproud says schools in Maranoa would receive more federal funding with the new the Quality Schools education reform package being ushered in by Treasurer Scott Morrison.

“Funding for schools in Maranoa is set to increase with the government committing to grow funding from $17.5 billion in 2017 to $30.6 billion in 2027, which will provide recurrent funding of $242.3 billion.”

Number of schools and students in Maranoa
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(These are estimates only. Estimates assume the same student population applies each year from 2017. Budget estimates assume a level of enrolment growth for each school.)

Estimated Commonwealth funding
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Commonwealth funding from 2017 to 2021
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Mr Littleproud says under the new Federal plan schools in regional, rural and remote areas will receive an estimated $57.5 billion.

“To ensure schools receive funding in line with a genuine needs-basis and in a consistent way across Australia, David Gonski AC will lead a new inquiry into improving the results of Australian students.”

“The Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools will provide advice on how this extra Federal Government funding should be used by schools to improve student achievement and school performance.”

Mr Gonski will provide his final report to the government no later than December 2017, ahead of the negotiation of new school reform agreements with states and territories in the first half of 2018.