Labor pledges extra $14b for public schools

By Leith van Onselen

Weeks after the federal government backflipped on the Gonski 2.0 needs-based school funding, increasing funding for non-government schools, the federal Labor Opposition has pledged an extra $14 billion for public schools over the next decade. From The AFR:

The announcement, to be made by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Labor’s education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek, will be in addition to the $27 billion already committed by the Coalition towards public and private schools over the next decade, taking the total to $41 billion.

The extra money for public schools will come with strings attached. The states will have to lift their own spending on education and meet performance targets.

This is clever policy by Labor, and paints the Coalition as supporting elite independent schools while Labor supports struggling public schools.

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    • how not necessarily? growth during Howerd was fueld by education done during Keating era, now we have very high growth in asia, and secular stagnation in our economy, not spending in education, means we are getting out of history fast and that wikl lead to losing in geography as well. Watch around you simple jobs are disappearing fast, education is a matter of kife ir death to Australia.

      • Secular stagnation? There is no such thing.

        Government and central bank intervention has effectively crippled the economy and led to massive mal-investment. This is what ails us. We are a nation of home-flippers as a direct result of the aforementioned intervention with little in the way of genuine productive capacity.

  1. It is far more important to reserve land for school ovals. The ALP should buy the land on which the Ford factory existed – it is next to Upfield train station and just up the road from Coburg train station. Coburg is totally devoid of schools but more and more apartments in and around Coburg.

    • State government issue, but nonetheless correct approach.

      The Pentridge prison would have been perfect – I mean what is a school but a prison for youngins?

      Maybe they can snap up old Masters sites lol.

  2. I must admit I always struggled with the phrase “Needs based school funding”, is this Marx reborn?
    From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs….makes for great philosophy arguments but leads to miserable economic outcomes and equally dour social policy. looks like we’re destine to have “needs” define the future Aussie schooling it’s a damn pity that educating our kids has become such a circus act.

    • Yup, the dreaded “no child left behind” policy.

      Plough all your resources into your no-hopers and leave the rest dangling. Absolutely shocking policy.

  3. Labor’s education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek

    This would be the previous Federal Minister for Housing who did such a wonderful job providing housing for Aussies in the previous government.

    This would be the same lady who appeared on the Q&A television program when she was the Federal Minister for Housing and didn’t say a word about housing in the whole show. I think we learned how it felt to be a woman walking around Canberra with a lot of men – very useful.

    She’s now an expert on education. Great.

    • Jumping jack flash

      Sssh! You can’t begin to understand the genius of our politicians. They operate at levels that are completely out of the reach of our comparatively tiny minds.

      From housing minister to education? A doddle for someone of the vast intellect of our politicians. I’m completely confident that everything about the education portfolio was learned thoroughly in the amount of time it took to hand over the manilla folder.

  4. We spend more on education every year. And every year our results go backwards. Maybe there’s little direct correlation between funding and results? Singapore and China spend just a fraction of what we do per pupil and get much better results.

  5. This isn’t clever – its reckless porkbarrelling. Australia is virtually at the bottom end of most OECD rankings despite a heap of money being thrown at education. Its just a rort for unions to put more admin staff on.