CATH NEWS REPORT: The government's new My School website shows Catholic schools are in great need of a funding boost, the NSW Independent Education Union (IEU) says, according to an AAP report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
"For instance, the amount of funding from all sources is more at Glenmore Road Public School in Paddington than at St Francis of Assisi in the same suburb," IEU general secretary Dick Shearman said.
Mr Shearman also pointed out that Pymble Public School in Sydney's north receives more funding than nearby Sacred Heart, while in Five Dock both public primary schools receive more government funding than All Hallows Primary School.
School Education Minister Peter Garrett said the government had taken an important step when it appointed businessman David Gonski and "an eminent panel" to consider funding models.The minister said he expected Mr Gonski to report back to the government by the end of the year. "We'll look closely at what they bring forward to it and I'll let Mr Gonski and his panel get on with doing their important job," Mr Garrett told reporters in Sydney on Saturday.
"This government supports the funding of all schools and we've got a bill in the parliament now which extends the funding for non-government schools to ensure that there is certainty for them while the Gonski review is under way," he said.