The Federation has written to the Education Department Director-General seeking an explanation for cuts in public education funding found in the 2013/14 State Budget.
State budget media releases are carefully worded and figures carefully selected to present the unblemished story the government wants you to believe. It’s all about “improving education and learning outcomes for all students”, “enhanced specialist services”, “new schools and upgrades”, “additional” funding in the form of “an increase of $524 million on last year’s expenditure” and “Gonski cash”.
Close analysis of the Budget Papers reveals public education funding cuts, funding neither keeping up with enrolment increases nor with inflation. The NSW Government’s contribution to the additional Gonski funding over the next two years has already been paid for out of cuts to public school funding over the last financial year.