Education Ministers to meet in Sydney to discuss school funding

Education Ministers to meet in Sydney to discuss school funding

Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne will meet with his state and territory counterparts in Sydney today, following his announcement to dump the Gonksi school funding agreements.

Mr Pyne is expected to face hostility from some states and territories, who have criticised the government’s move to only honour the former Labor government’s funding agreements for one year, and then renegotiate  its own funding model from 2015.

New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia all insist that six year agreements for funding were signed off under the previous government, and must be honoured.

But Mr Pyne says he’s confident all jurisdiction can come to an agreement that is in the best interests of school students.

He’s told the ABC’s 7:30 program Australia’s spending on eduation has increased 44 per cent over the last 10 years, but school outcomes have worsened, so its clear something has to change.

Mr Pyne says he’s committed to finding a national agreement that is fair to state and territories, and is needs based.

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