Prime Minister Julia Gillard is pressing Queensland to sign up to the Gonski school reforms.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard is pressing Queensland to sign up to the Gonski school reforms. Lee Constable

Rural schools the winners in reforms

NEW figures released show schools in  rural areas would be set to benefit the most under the Federal Government's proposed Gonski reforms.

State Schools in Wallaville, Mt Perry, Sharon, Elliot Heads and Wartburg would receive the most funding, with increases of more than 50% per student.

Although the Gonski numbers have been revealed, Queensland hasn't yet signed up for the reforms.

The Newman Government must make its decision by June 30.

LNP Member for Burnett Stephen Bennet said he was against the Gonski reforms until he received "more information".

"Our research shows 160 schools are going to be worse off," he said.

Mr Bennett said he wanted to make clear that he was in support of a funding increase, but wanted it to be done right.

"What we're after is education outcomes, we want this to go further, we want the universities and early childcare to benefit," he said.

"We know this is where the money has come from."

But Australian Laborl Party candidate for Hinkler Leanne Donaldson said this was not the case.

"I think if you have a look at the funding being taken from the tertiary level; the amount of money being provided in the future (is what) has been taken away," she said.

"But the funding is actually higher than under the Howard Government anyhow."

The NewsMail asked if Ms Donaldson if she could guarantee that Bundaberg and the regions schools would not be worse off with Gonski.

"Definitely," she said.

"They've been given those details and given the guarantee."

But John-Paul Langbroek yesterday said that these figures still showed that schools in the Bundaberg region - including Bundaberg West, Givelda, Biggenden and Mundubbera - would be worse off.

 



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