The Australian Education Union (AEU) has detailed the risks of the Turnbull Government’s school funding plan, in this submission to the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education, which will report to the federal government by the end of the year.
Schools in regional, rural and remote areas already face learning challenges compared to their metropolitan peers on NAPLAN. International measures of learning progress such as PISA tell a similar concerning story, with 2015 results revealing a two-year gap in maths literacy between metropolitan and remote students. Differences in learning achievement attributable to the disadvantages of location can be found across a range of year levels and learning areas.
The submission calls for public schools to be funded at 100 per cent of the school resourcing standard, increasing the proportion of federal funding to public schools to reflect the federal government’s greater revenue-raising capacity, and the immediate reversal of cuts to disability services across public schools in five states and territories.