Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Gavin's Gonski Gap

I'm not really familiar with detail of the Gonski Review education funding proposals. The debate (slanging match) between State and Feds seems to be the story of the week so it was interesting to see the negative Facebook post today by the Member for Cairns:
"More detail emerges on Gonski. It's my view that education system reform needs to be about more than just a catchy slogan and expensive Federal Government TV ads paid for by taxpayers"
This post provided a link to a media release today by Qld education minister Langbroek. The spin here was that there will be at least 160 schools in Queensland worse off. The 160 schools will get increased funding but it is claimed not as much as they would under current funding models.

So we are back to the same pointless stupidity as the recent health funding debate between Brisbane and Canberra on who had cut and who had not when funding growth is reduced. The Liberal education minister in NSW, which has agreed to Gonski, has a different view: NSW to Coalition: you are wrong on Gonski school funding

The Langbroek media release: Gillard's own figures show losers under Gonski. This includes a list of the 160 schools it alleges will by worse off and his source (Source: www.couriermail.com.au). Which is interesting because the Courier-Mail report was: Gonski means more money for every Queensland state school

The Courier-Mail have listed the funding outcomes for all 1,235 state schools in Queensland. Langbroek has used the lowest 160 which are listed as receiving a base increase of 19.4% up until 2019 (approximately 3% per year). There are a handful of mostly small schools here from the Far North however that is not representative of the regional outcome.

After doing a cut & paste of the C-M data for Queensland into Excel the average funding increase for a state school in that period to 2019, per student, is 36.8% and the median school 35%.  For the Far North (based on Wikipedia list of FNQ schools) the average school funding increase is way higher at 47.2% and the median 45.2%.

Part of this is related to indigenous communities with large increases in places like Yarrabah, Pormpuraaw, Western Cape, Torres Strait. However, the larger state high schools in Cairns are also big winners a long way above state averages, or the 19.4% base adopted by Langbroek as being 'worse off':

Trinity Bay High School            63.4%
Cairns State High School           45.2%
Woree State High School           48.8%
Gordonvale State High School   50.8%
Smithfield State High School     39.6%

That would appear to leave a big potential funding gap missed by the Far North if Queensland rejects Gonski?

1 comment:

  1. Interesting post. It probably is schools in regions such as Cairns that will benefit most from Gonski. I expect they have a much greater need for funding and less favourable socio-economic profiles than schools in the South East.