Newman: State will have $130m more under new Gonski model
PREMIER Campbell Newman said Queensland would be $130 million better off next year under rejigged federal Gonski education funding.
Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has come under pressure this week after declaring the new Coalition government will go "back to the drawing board" on the administration of billions of dollars in school funding.
Mr Pyne has claimed the funding arrangements with the states and the former Labor government were a "shambles" and impossible to implement.
Mr Newman, who was talking on Brisbane radio on Thursday, (Nov 28) said Queensland would be better off next year under the new arrangement, however it was the following three years that were of concern.
"We are $130 million better off because he (Pyne) has put $130 million on the table that we were not getting under the previous government," he said.
"The uncertainty is on the three years or so after that.
"But I am very confident that we will work with him to come up with a good deal for our kids."
Mr Newman said the quality of teaching in Queensland classrooms was not reliant on Gonski funding.
"It should focus on teacher quality and the performance in the classroom," he said.
"We already have a policy that people might want to google. It is called Great Teachers Equals Great Results.
"It contains a number of things that we will be doing irrespective of what the Federal Government do in terms of money."
Mr Newman said irrespective of funding models he was committed to ensuring Queensland children had the best possible education.
"What we are about is directing dollars to help teachers do a better job in the classroom," he said.
"We want to improve the standard that is what it is about.
"We do not want to just throw money at schools.
"We want to actually pump the money into helping teachers do a better job educating kids."