School funding for NSW welcomed by Barry O’Farrell


NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli today welcomed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s commitment to lock in four years of schools funding for NSW, in line with the agreement signed with the Commonwealth earlier this year.

Speaking from India where he had been telephoned by the Prime Minister and told of the announcement, Mr O’Farrell said it was great news for students, parents and teachers across NSW.

“This announcement removes any uncertainty about funding for government and non-government schools across the State,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“It not only highlights Tony Abbott’s willingness to listen, but also demonstrates what can be achieved when a Federal Government is prepared to sit down and work with the States.

“This is a clear commitment from the Prime Minister for his determination to improve student outcomes.

“As I said last week there was always room for improvement in the way the former Federal Government intended to implement education funding reforms, so I also look forward to a sleeker federal oversight structure.

“Tony Abbott’s handling of this issue is a refreshing change to way Labor engaged with the States.

“Mr Abbott should also be commended for restoring $1.2 billion of education funding which was deceitfully removed by the Labor Government in its dying days.

“This measure alone means school students are in a better position now than they were before the election ”“ and I remain confident a Federal Coalition Government will be more efficient and competent in delivering such an important reform to the future of our nation.

“I look forward to closely working with the Prime Minister to improve the education outcomes for all students in NSW.”

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