What is a fair go? This concept seems self-explanatory, but when you think about the Morrison Coalition government’s funding model for public education, the idea of a “fair go” for our students is missing.
The Morrison government has funnelled $4.6 billion into private schools over the next 10 year. Why has the government not announced a huge injection of funds for state schools, given the overwhelming majority of people choose public education for their kids?
The theme of the 2018 state conference of the peak body for state school parents in Queensland, P&Cs Queensland, was a perfect entrée for powerful conversations about winning fair funding for quality state schools.
A commitment to invest $14.1 billion in state schools over a decade from 2020 places Bill Shorten and the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in an even stronger position on education in the lead up to the next federal election.
Labor’s federal election commitment to invest $14.1 billion in our public schools rightfully returns public education as the priority of a future federal government. It recognises the importance of properly funding the system responsible for educating Australia’s 2.5 million public school students.
27 Sep 2018: Public school enrolments are forecast to increase by 23 times more than Catholic school enrolments over the next decade, raising hard questions about the assumptions behind the Morrison government’s $4.6 billion private school funding deal.