Have your heard about the findings of the Gonski Review? Well, potentially it is very good news for our school and our students.
Headed by senior businessman David Gonski, the review was the most comprehensive national investigation of school funding in almost 40 years. It found not only was the current funding system broken but Australia is investing far too little in schools.
The lack of funding is having significant consequences for students with widening gaps between what students achieve in disadvantaged areas compared to those in wealthy areas.
Gonski said a major funding increase for public schools and (some private schools) is urgently required to ensure a high quality education for all.
That increase translates to an average of $1,500 per student extra per year in public schools. If we were to receive that amount it would mean an additional $900,000 in our budget.
For our school, additional money would be spent in the areas we know make a real difference for students such as smaller class sizes, more individual assistance for students with particular needs and additional staff.
The problem is that, despite the positive response from all education sectors to the report, there has been no commitment by either the Federal Government or the Opposition in Canberra to the new system or the additional funding.
The Australian Education Union, which represents teachers and principals, is running a national campaign to get a commitment to the funding and new laws passed based on the Gonski recommendations before the end of 2012.
If you would like to see additional resources flowing to our school, you can register your support at the Australian Education Union's campaign website www.igiveagonski.com.au.
Alternatively, if you would like to contact our federal MP Tony Windsor directly you can do so at 6277 4722 (parliament office), 6761 3080 (Electorate office),or via email at Tony.Windsor.MP@aph.gov.au
You can also find out more about the Gonski Review at the Federal Government's website http://www.schoolfunding.gov.au/