Gonski fight is not over, say teachers

GIVING A GONSKI:  Luke Schmitzer, Susan Armstead and Mercurius Goldstein  are upping the ante in the fight for Gonski. Picture: Craig Thomson
GIVING A GONSKI: Luke Schmitzer, Susan Armstead and Mercurius Goldstein are upping the ante in the fight for Gonski. Picture: Craig Thomson

The New South Wales Teachers Federation says the fight to implement the full Gonski funding in the state is alive and will kick up a gear in 2017.

Gonski funding is needs-based and is designed to ensure all children are educated in properly resourced schools.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the federal government will provide funding for education but that full Gonski funding is not a guarantee for student success.

“While funding is important, it is no guarantee of improved student results unless it is spent on proven strategies,” he said.

But NSWTF Country Organiser Susan Armstead said an on-going campaign for the full funding of the Gonski school funding model is winnable.

“The federal government would need to pass changes to the Education Act in both houses of parliament in order to make their desired changes to federal school funding, a task that promises to be particularly difficult for the Coalition government,” she said.

Local MP Adam Marshall said he has always been and will continue to be an advocate for the full Gonski funding.

“We are committed to rolling out the full six years of state funding and I continue to urge the federal government and my federal colleagues to get on board and commit to funding the last two years of Gonski,” he said.

Teachers Federation representative Luke Schmitzer said Gonski funding is providing real and positive outcomes for his students.

“The plan to keep Gonski is all due to how effectively we have been using the funds,” he said.

“We look forward to supporting the ongoing Gonski campaign.”

Former Greens candidate for both New England and Northern Tablelands, Mercurius Goldstein, is the Glen Innes Teachers Association Vice President.

He said Glen Innes High School was a great example of how Gonski funds have been allocated.

“Our school is a good model for New England region schools to follow,” Mr Goldstein said.