EXTRA NEEDS-BASED FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN RIVERSTONE ELECTORATE
Written on the 7 December 2018 by Kevin Conolly
The NSW Liberal Government has released its school budget allocations for 2019, with a record $1.18 billion being distributed to more than 2,200 public schools across NSW.
Kevin Conolly, Member for Riverstone, today announced that public schools in the Riverstone electorate will receive an additional $11.8 million to be distributed amongst them for next year, that's $1.2 million or over 11% more than this year's allocation.
Education Minister Rob Stokes said the funding, known as Resource Allocation Model (RAM) funding, gives school principals freedom to spend their allocated funds to deliver the best outcomes for their students.
"Our schools can use the additional funds to continue to hire more teachers or administrative staff, for example, or to buy new iPads, instruments or sports equipment whatever our school communities decide will best meet their unique learning and teaching needs." Mr Conolly said.
The additional funding will be provided through an increase to every school's per-student allocation, increased funding to students from low socio-economic backgrounds, and additional support for small schools with teaching principals.
"I am incredibly proud of the outstanding educational leaders in our public schools and their ability to engage students. RAM funding provides greater resources to enable them to direct funding to cater to the needs of their particular student body," Mr Conolly said.
The RAM payments were introduced in 2014 as part of the NSW Government's commitment to needs-based funding and ensure that every school receives a fair and transparent allocation of the State's public education budget.
"Where Labor closed schools and cancelled new school projects when they were last in government in NSW, the Liberals provide record funding and are opening new and upgrading current schools in the Riverstone electorate and across the State. This announcement demonstrates again that only the NSW Liberals & Nationals can deliver real results for the people of Riverstone," Mr Conolly said.
Author: Kevin Conolly
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