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Talking school funding with the Adelaide community

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Thursday 26 April 2012 Joint Media Release

The Hon Peter Garrett MP [link:/garrett]

• Minister for School Education • Minister for Early Childhood and Youth

The Hon Kate Ellis MP [link:/ellis]

• Federal Member for Adelaide

Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett and Member for Adelaide Kate Ellis today joined local school principals and council chairs, to discuss school funding and the future of Australian schooling.

Mr Garrett said the Gillard Government is holding a grassroots, nation-wide discussion with principals, teachers, parents and the community as part of its response to the recently released school funding report.

“The Gonski review of school funding has made a number of far-reaching recommendations on how we can develop a new, more effective way of funding every school in Australia,” he said.

“We’re working with the education community to test and refine the proposed new model, known as a Schooling Resource Standard (SRS). The new model would include a base amount per student plus additional funding for students and schools who need extra support.

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“Under the proposed model every school in South Australia - government, Catholic and independent - would be funded under the same system. It would be fair, transparent and give all schools long-term certainty about their future funding levels.

“No reform of this size and potential can be implemented without parents, teachers and principals having their say.

“Today’s event in Adelaide, arranged by Kate Ellis, is one of many the Prime Minister, the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education Senator Jacinta Collins and I will be hosting over the coming months as we speak with school communities about the recommendations

of the report.

“It’s also a great opportunity for us to share ideas about the issues and challenges facing Australian schools and provide information about the Government’s school improvement reforms.

“The event was live streamed online, meaning people from across South Australia were able to watch and ask questions through social media.”

Ms Ellis said schools in her Adelaide electorate were already benefiting from the Gillard Government’s record investment in school education.

“So far, we’ve seen more than 6,400 computers delivered to senior high school students at 24 schools in our electorate,” she said.

“There are 19 local schools benefitting from extra funding under the Smarter Schools National Partnerships to help improve literacy and numeracy and overcome disadvantage and 19 schools receiving funding for a school chaplain.

“And in every school I visit I hear from principals, teachers, student and parents about the terrific new facilities they now have, thanks to the Building the Education Revolution program. There have been 156 projects at 65 schools in Adelaide, with the Government investing more than $129 million locally.

“We have some of Australia’s best schools here in Adelaide, but we need to make them even better and ensure that every local student will have access to a world-class education.

“I encourage everyone in the Adelaide community to have their say on the future of our schools by visiting the website and taking part in one of the online forums being held in the next few months.”

More information about the school funding review, including future community forums and other events, is available at www.schoolfunding.gov.au [link:http://www.schoolfunding.gov.au/].

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