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Coalition calls for submissions from non-govt schools

The Coalition today called on all non-government schools concerned about the changes to the Schools Assistance Bill 2008 to make submissions to the Senate Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

“It is crucial that non-government schools contribute to the debate and express their concerns about the changes,” Mr Pyne said.

“The Coalition will be re-introducing our amendments for consideration by the Senate. We’d urge the Government to reconsider its position,” he said.

“If Ms Gillard was being straight-up with non-government schools and genuinely supported private education, why would she want to leave ambiguity and doubt in this legislation, when it could be easily cleared up?

“The writing is on the wall for the SES funding model under the Rudd Government. No one should have any doubt that this is the beginning of the end for SES and will lead to the reintroduction of the Private Schools Hit list.

“Parents who scrimp and save to pay for their children’s education and save the taxpayer billions of dollars will be punished by these changes.

Changes to this Bill will: • rip away start-up funding for new non-government schools; • vastly increased power for the Minister to delay or end funding to non-government schools (if that school receives an audit that is qualified for any reason); • place a constrictive strait jacket on non-government schools requiring adherence to a national curriculum that puts at risk Steiner, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, University of Cambridge International Examinations and special needs schools; and • force non-government schools to reveal for publication every funding source to the school or an associated body. This information - that could range from philanthropic bequests to chocolate raffles or bake sales - is entirely superfluous to the calculation of a school’s socio-economic status under the current funding model.

“The Deputy Prime Minister has admitted that she will be compiling and publishing entirely superfluous financial information from non-government schools,” Mr Pyne said.

24 October 2008

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Submissions are due by the end of next week - Friday 31 October Committee Secretary Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee PO Box 6100 Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600