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MEDIA뀀ഀȠRELEASE뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ

June뀀ഀȠ11,뀀ഀȠ2017뀀ഀȠ

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POLITICIANS뀀ഀȠWARNED뀀ഀȠABOUT뀀ഀȠRISKS뀀ഀȠOF뀀ഀȠLOCKING뀀ഀȠIN뀀ഀȠFLAWED뀀ഀȠMODEL뀀ഀȠ

The뀀ഀȠNational뀀ഀȠCatholic뀀ഀȠEducation뀀ഀȠCommission뀀ഀȠhas뀀ഀȠwritten뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠfederal뀀ഀȠpoliticians뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠensure뀀ഀȠthey뀀ഀȠ

understand뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠimpacts뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠGovernment’s뀀ഀȠoverhaul뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠschool뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠbefore뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠpolitical뀀ഀȠdebate뀀ഀȠ

resumes뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠParliament뀀ഀȠthis뀀ഀȠweek.뀀ഀȠ

NCEC뀀ഀȠacting뀀ഀȠexecutive뀀ഀȠdirector뀀ഀȠDanielle뀀ഀȠCronin뀀ഀȠsaid뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠletter뀀ഀȠoutlines뀀ഀȠsome뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠproblems뀀ഀȠwith뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠ

way뀀ഀȠschool뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠwill뀀ഀȠbe뀀ഀȠallocated,뀀ഀȠas뀀ഀȠwell뀀ഀȠas뀀ഀȠidentifying뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠareas뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠconfusion뀀ഀȠcaused뀀ഀȠby뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠ

publication뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠdistribution뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠincorrect뀀ഀȠfigures.뀀ഀȠ

“The뀀ഀȠGovernment뀀ഀȠis뀀ഀȠseeking뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠimplement뀀ഀȠa뀀ഀȠ10-year뀀ഀȠschool뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠmodel뀀ഀȠdespite뀀ഀȠthere뀀ഀȠbeing뀀ഀȠ

widespread뀀ഀȠcriticism뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠfundamental뀀ഀȠissues뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠdetermine뀀ഀȠhow뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠCommonwealth뀀ഀȠallocates뀀ഀȠ

funding뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠschools뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠstudents,”뀀ഀȠMs뀀ഀȠCronin뀀ഀȠsaid.뀀ഀȠ

“The뀀ഀȠSchooling뀀ഀȠResource뀀ഀȠStandard뀀ഀȠis뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠmain뀀ഀȠdeterminant뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠschool뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠfor뀀ഀȠall뀀ഀȠAustralian뀀ഀȠschools.뀀ഀȠ

Grattan뀀ഀȠInstitute뀀ഀȠeducation뀀ഀȠexpert뀀ഀȠPeter뀀ഀȠGoss뀀ഀȠhas뀀ഀȠsaid뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠSRS뀀ഀȠhas뀀ഀȠflaws뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠwas뀀ഀȠdeveloped뀀ഀȠ‘with뀀ഀȠtoo뀀ഀȠ

little뀀ഀȠevidence’.뀀ഀȠ

“The뀀ഀȠSocio-Economic뀀ഀȠStatus뀀ഀȠscore뀀ഀȠis뀀ഀȠa뀀ഀȠsignificant뀀ഀȠdeterminant뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠschool뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠfor뀀ഀȠnon-government뀀ഀȠ

schools.뀀ഀȠThe뀀ഀȠdesigner뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠmethodology뀀ഀȠsays뀀ഀȠit’s뀀ഀȠ‘clearly뀀ഀȠnot뀀ഀȠworking’.뀀ഀȠThe뀀ഀȠGonski뀀ഀȠReview뀀ഀȠsaid뀀ഀȠit뀀ഀȠ

should뀀ഀȠbe뀀ഀȠreviewed뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠreplaced뀀ഀȠbecause뀀ഀȠit뀀ഀȠis뀀ഀȠsubject뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠ‘a뀀ഀȠpotentially뀀ഀȠlarge뀀ഀȠdegree뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠinaccuracy’.”뀀ഀȠ

Ms뀀ഀȠCronin뀀ഀȠsaid뀀ഀȠgiven뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠcentral뀀ഀȠimportance뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠthose뀀ഀȠdeficient뀀ഀȠmeasures,뀀ഀȠthere뀀ഀȠshould뀀ഀȠbe뀀ഀȠsignificant뀀ഀȠ

concerns뀀ഀȠabout뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠpassage뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠlegislation뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠwill뀀ഀȠdictate뀀ഀȠschool뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠfor뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠnext뀀ഀȠ10뀀ഀȠyears.뀀ഀȠ

“But뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠmodel뀀ഀȠgoes뀀ഀȠfurther뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠusing뀀ഀȠproblematic뀀ഀȠmeasures뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠsupport뀀ഀȠstudents,”뀀ഀȠshe뀀ഀȠexplained.뀀ഀȠ

“Funding뀀ഀȠfor뀀ഀȠstudents뀀ഀȠwith뀀ഀȠdisability뀀ഀȠis뀀ഀȠset뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠbe뀀ഀȠdetermined뀀ഀȠusing뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠNationally뀀ഀȠConsistent뀀ഀȠCollection뀀ഀȠ

of뀀ഀȠData,뀀ഀȠwhich뀀ഀȠhas뀀ഀȠbeen뀀ഀȠshown뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠbe뀀ഀȠanything뀀ഀȠbut뀀ഀȠconsistent.뀀ഀȠMinister뀀ഀȠBirmingham뀀ഀȠhas뀀ഀȠsaid뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠ

statistics뀀ഀȠgenerated뀀ഀȠunder뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠNCCD뀀ഀȠ‘fail뀀ഀȠa뀀ഀȠbasic뀀ഀȠcredibility뀀ഀȠtest’.뀀ഀȠSo뀀ഀȠwhy뀀ഀȠis뀀ഀȠhe뀀ഀȠimplementing뀀ഀȠit?”뀀ഀȠ

Ms뀀ഀȠCronin뀀ഀȠsaid뀀ഀȠthose뀀ഀȠvarious뀀ഀȠfactors,뀀ഀȠamong뀀ഀȠmany뀀ഀȠothers,뀀ഀȠhave뀀ഀȠcreated뀀ഀȠa뀀ഀȠnew뀀ഀȠschool뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠmodel뀀ഀȠ

that뀀ഀȠwon’t뀀ഀȠdeliver뀀ഀȠreal뀀ഀȠneeds-based뀀ഀȠfunding.뀀ഀȠ

The뀀ഀȠnew뀀ഀȠmodel뀀ഀȠhas뀀ഀȠalso뀀ഀȠbeen뀀ഀȠa뀀ഀȠsource뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠfinancial뀀ഀȠconfusion뀀ഀȠfor뀀ഀȠparents,뀀ഀȠteachers,뀀ഀȠprincipals뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠ

politicians.뀀ഀȠ

“In뀀ഀȠmy뀀ഀȠdiscussion뀀ഀȠwith뀀ഀȠsome뀀ഀȠpoliticians,뀀ഀȠincluding뀀ഀȠthose뀀ഀȠsitting뀀ഀȠon뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠcrossbenches,뀀ഀȠthere뀀ഀȠhas뀀ഀȠbeen뀀ഀȠ

genuine뀀ഀȠsurprise뀀ഀȠwhen뀀ഀȠthey뀀ഀȠhave뀀ഀȠseen뀀ഀȠhow뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠGovernment’s뀀ഀȠnew뀀ഀȠschool뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠpolicy뀀ഀȠwill뀀ഀȠallocate뀀ഀȠ

less뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠhundreds뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠCatholic뀀ഀȠschools뀀ഀȠnext뀀ഀȠyear뀀ഀȠthan뀀ഀȠthey뀀ഀȠhave뀀ഀȠbeen뀀ഀȠallocated뀀ഀȠthis뀀ഀȠyear,”뀀ഀȠMs뀀ഀȠ

Cronin뀀ഀȠsaid.뀀ഀȠ

“The뀀ഀȠSchool뀀ഀȠFunding뀀ഀȠEstimator뀀ഀȠwebsite뀀ഀȠhas뀀ഀȠmisled뀀ഀȠpoliticians,뀀ഀȠparents뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠprincipals,뀀ഀȠby뀀ഀȠproviding뀀ഀȠ

funding뀀ഀȠallocations뀀ഀȠfor뀀ഀȠ2017뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠbear뀀ഀȠno뀀ഀȠresemblance뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠschools뀀ഀȠhave뀀ഀȠalready뀀ഀȠbeen뀀ഀȠ

allocated뀀ഀȠthis뀀ഀȠyear뀀ഀȠunder뀀ഀȠexisting뀀ഀȠlegislation.”뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ

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Ms뀀ഀȠCronin뀀ഀȠsaid뀀ഀȠthere뀀ഀȠare뀀ഀȠ617뀀ഀȠCatholic뀀ഀȠsystemic뀀ഀȠschools뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠwill뀀ഀȠbe뀀ഀȠallocated뀀ഀȠless뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠnext뀀ഀȠyear뀀ഀȠ

than뀀ഀȠthis뀀ഀȠyear,뀀ഀȠas뀀ഀȠwell뀀ഀȠas뀀ഀȠ14뀀ഀȠCatholic뀀ഀȠindependent뀀ഀȠschools뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠface뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠcuts뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠ2018.뀀ഀȠ

“The뀀ഀȠlist뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠschools뀀ഀȠset뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠlose뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠincludes뀀ഀȠschools뀀ഀȠacross뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠsocio-economic뀀ഀȠspectrum,뀀ഀȠincluding뀀ഀȠ

some뀀ഀȠvery뀀ഀȠlow-SES뀀ഀȠschools,뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠa뀀ഀȠnumber뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠschools뀀ഀȠfor뀀ഀȠstudents뀀ഀȠwith뀀ഀȠdisability뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠother뀀ഀȠspecial뀀ഀȠ

needs,”뀀ഀȠshe뀀ഀȠwrote뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠher뀀ഀȠletter뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠpoliticians.뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ

“It뀀ഀȠincludes뀀ഀȠschools뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠall뀀ഀȠparts뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠcountry.뀀ഀȠThis뀀ഀȠlist뀀ഀȠdemonstrates뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠmodel뀀ഀȠdoes뀀ഀȠnot뀀ഀȠ

accurately뀀ഀȠreflect뀀ഀȠneed뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠCatholic뀀ഀȠsector.”뀀ഀȠ

Ms뀀ഀȠCronin뀀ഀȠsaid뀀ഀȠit뀀ഀȠis뀀ഀȠimportant뀀ഀȠfor뀀ഀȠpoliticians뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠunderstand뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠreal뀀ഀȠimpacts뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠGovernment’s뀀ഀȠ

unpopular뀀ഀȠchanges뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠschool뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠwhen뀀ഀȠthey뀀ഀȠreturn뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠParliament뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠconsider뀀ഀȠwhether뀀ഀȠit뀀ഀȠshould뀀ഀȠbe뀀ഀȠ

supported뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠSenate.뀀ഀȠ

“There뀀ഀȠis뀀ഀȠbroad뀀ഀȠopposition뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠthis뀀ഀȠlegislation,뀀ഀȠfor뀀ഀȠa뀀ഀȠwide뀀ഀȠrange뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠreasons,”뀀ഀȠshe뀀ഀȠexplained.뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ

“A뀀ഀȠ10-year뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠmodel뀀ഀȠshould뀀ഀȠnot뀀ഀȠbe뀀ഀȠlocked뀀ഀȠinto뀀ഀȠlegislation뀀ഀȠwhile뀀ഀȠso뀀ഀȠmuch뀀ഀȠuncertainty뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠ

confusion뀀ഀȠexists뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠschools,뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠfamily뀀ഀȠhomes뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠmeeting뀀ഀȠrooms뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠpolitical뀀ഀȠparties.뀀ഀȠ

“Party뀀ഀȠrooms뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠSenators뀀ഀȠface뀀ഀȠan뀀ഀȠimportant뀀ഀȠdecision.뀀ഀȠThey뀀ഀȠcan뀀ഀȠlock뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠa뀀ഀȠflawed뀀ഀȠmodel뀀ഀȠor뀀ഀȠthey뀀ഀȠcan뀀ഀȠ

force뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠMinister뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠhis뀀ഀȠcolleagues뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠgo뀀ഀȠback뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠdo뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠwork뀀ഀȠthey뀀ഀȠshould뀀ഀȠhave뀀ഀȠdone:뀀ഀȠreview뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠ

refine뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠneeds-based뀀ഀȠelements뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠmodel뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠhave뀀ഀȠmeaningful뀀ഀȠconsultation뀀ഀȠwith뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠschooling뀀ഀȠ

sector.뀀ഀȠThey뀀ഀȠcan뀀ഀȠthen뀀ഀȠbring뀀ഀȠanother뀀ഀȠBill뀀ഀȠforward뀀ഀȠfor뀀ഀȠconsideration뀀ഀȠat뀀ഀȠa뀀ഀȠlater뀀ഀȠtime.뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ

“In뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠmeantime,뀀ഀȠthey뀀ഀȠshould뀀ഀȠroll뀀ഀȠover뀀ഀȠcurrent뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠarrangements뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠgive뀀ഀȠschools뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠcertainty뀀ഀȠ

for뀀ഀȠnext뀀ഀȠyear,”뀀ഀȠMs뀀ഀȠCronin뀀ഀȠconcluded.뀀ഀȠ