Five out of 29 Griffith region public schools will receive less funding next year than in 2018, according to the NSW Department of Education’s Resource Allocation Model(RAM).
Under the 2019 model Darlington Point Public School will receive $16,081 less next year than it did this year; Kalinda School will be receiving $5455 less next year; Lake Wyangan Public will be receiving $1335 less; and Naranderra East Infants School will be receiving $13,310 less.
Of the schools to get more funding next year, Griffith Public will receive $155,969 more, Griffith East will receive $36,779 more, and Griffith North will receive $44,945 extra.
Hillston Central School will receive $2182 less next year, and is on top of a cut with Hillston’s resource allocation already cut in 2018 by $25,160, at the same time an increasing number of students are enrolled.
Funding allocations from the education department are determined by the family occupation and education index (FOEI) which indicates the amount of socio-economic advantage, as well as other factors.
In 2018, 79 students were enrolled at Darlington Point Public School down 104 in 2016, however the school’s FOEI rank changed little.
“Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison governments have failed public school students, cutting billions intended to support all students especially from disadvantaged communities,” NSW Teachers Federation vice president Henry Rajendra said.
Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said the Commonwealth is providing “record funding” for public schools, growing at 6.3 per cent each year for each student over the next four years.
“The RAM funding method comes direct from the Gonski review, with specific allocations based on changes to student needs or enrollments, If a school is receiving less, it is a decision by the NSW Education Department which uses this formula to ensure fair, efficient and transparent distribution,” Ms Ley said.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Education Minister Rob Stokes and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet released a statement this month promising through Gonski 2.0 the “NSW Government would fund an additional $6.4 billion to 2027 for schools across NSW from next year, bringing the state’s total investment to $148 billion for government and non-government schools, with NSW schools set to receive over $226 billion to 2027.”
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