Many students at Texas P-10 State School have been involved in the Academic Program of Enrichment (APE).
Many students at Texas P-10 State School have been involved in the Academic Program of Enrichment (APE). Warren Lynam

REVEALED: Gonski funding for your North Coast school

OUR breakdown of the School Funding Estimator website reveals how much Federal Government will spend on your child at their school. 

The online calculator enables Australians to search their child's school and uncover the Coalition's education coffers for the next decade under the Gonski reforms. 

And there were some vast contrasts between North Coast schools. 

One of the striking discoveries was that by 2027, the Australian Government will spend an estimated $20,711 per student at Tuntable Falls Community Primary School in Nimbin.

That figure is nearly four times what a student at Ballina Public School will be allocated with spending projected at $5260 per student.

The future funding of our nation's schools in the 2017 budget has been praised by Page MP Kevin Hogan to highlight the Coalition's education reforms as delivering "fair, needs-based funding" for our kids. 

North Coast schools aren't losing a cent according to Mr Hogan with an additional $18.6 billion of needs-based funding into our schools over the next decade.

He said the discrepancies between allocations for different schools was largely due to State Government contributions.

Mr Hogan said the way the funding was calculated meant that "all of our schools would be getting more money than they otherwise would have".

"Commonwealth funding doesn't give you the whole picture," Mr Hogan said.

"So sometimes those school-to-school comparisons don't weigh up because the State Government funding is making up a lot more of that money like it would be with Ballina (Public School) for example."

Richmond MP Justine Elliot told the Northern Star that schools weren't receiving a fair deal in the budget.

She said education funding had been slashed by $22 billion by the Coalition.

On the other hand, Southern Cross University students will join thousands nationwide in a degree price hike and begin paying back their fees sooner under the new budget.

For our youngest learners, the government has invested $37.3 billion for childcare within the Jobs for Families package.

The Member for Richmond Justine Elliot wasn't as enthused saying the funding exposed what she said is the government's $22 billion dollar cuts to schools.



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