No school will have funding frozen: ALP

No school will have its funding frozen under Labor's new education policy, Opposition Leader Kim Beazley says.

The new policy will be a departure from former Labor leader Mark Latham's policy to strip funding from 67 private schools. The policy attracted strong criticisms from Sydney's Archbishop Cardinal George Pell in the lead up to the last federal election.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the new policy will include a funding model featuring a national resources benchmark which will help determine how much money public and private schools receive.

"People who get their funding frozen constitutes nil," he told reporters while visiting a private Catholic school in Sydney's south-west. "That doesn't happen to anybody under Labor's party's proposal."

Mr Beazley said while schools that exceeded the national benchmark - which has yet to be determined - would not receive "real" increases in money, they would have their funding indexed to inflation.

He said schools which were below the benchmark would receive extra funding to bring them up to the national standard.

Mr Beazley said while the standard had yet to be determined by the Labor Party, no schools would be disadvantaged by it.

Last month, Mr Beazley said Labor was considering dumping its controversial private schools "hit list", saying all school children need taxpayer support.

No school will have funding frozen: ALP (Sydney Morning Herald/Australian Associated Press 4/5/06)

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5 May 2006