Sydney Morning Herald | 16 March 2013
The difference in educational opportunities between the haves and have-nots is ”alarming”, according to David Gonski, the businessman who reviewed school funding for the federal government. In rare public comments over education reform progress, Gonski says he sincerely hopes something comes out of his 18-month review, handed to the government in late 2011.
Gonski says an extra $6 billion in funding each year was not a lot of money considering $1 billion is currently spent on schools each week.
The plea comes amid doubts over whether the proposed school funding reform will be achieved amid brawling between state and federal governments before the showdown at the Council of Australian Governments meeting next month (April).
When I went out to have a look at so many of the schools, what upset me was not everybody got the same opportunities, and that’s why we embraced very early on in my review the concept that where you’re born, what’s available to you, the monies available to you should not designate what education you’re going to get, and I think that that was a very good mantra – it’s something that we announced very early on in our review.