BOOST FOR STUDENTS WHO NEED IT MOST
Murwillumbah public schools will benefit from a share of the record $219 million in additional needs-based funding in 2017, made possible by NSW signing the Gonski agreement. Member for Lismore Thomas George said in 2017 local public schools will receive $3,390,513 in additional needs-based funding. “The NSW Government is delivering on its commitment to deliver additional school funding based on student need,” Mr George said. “These extra resources go directly to our schools allowing principals to better meet the unique needs of their students and the school community. “I have seen schools in the electorate employ additional teachers with expertise to assist students who need extra support in key learning areas like literacy and numeracy.” In NSW public schools, needs-based funding is distributed under the Resource Allocation Model (RAM), which uses information about student need to deliver resources where they are needed most, consistent with the Gonski recommendations. Examples of local needs-based funding allocations in the electorate include:
- Chillingham Public School $85,907, an increase of $27,748 from 2016
- Dungay Public School $60,015, an increase of $29,446 from 2016
- Murwillumbah East Public School $415,087, an increase of $102,320 from 2016
- Wollumbin High School $594,459, an increase of $147,479 from 2016
Since 2014 public schools across NSW have received $504 million in extra funding helped by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government signing up to the Gonski agreement.