Senator urges O’Farrell to sign up to school funding changes

COWPER Duty Senator Matt Thistlethwaite has urged the NSW government to sign up to the Federal Government's school funding changes unless it wants to miss out on the extra $5 billion that would be available under the plan.

In the face of criticism that the plan will take from universities to give to school, Mr Thistlethwaite said it would result in properly resourced classrooms, extra training for teachers and take Australian schools into the top five in the world by 2025.

"To achieve this, the Prime Minister has committed that for every extra dollar the NSW Government is prepared to invest, the Federal Government will pay two," Mr Thistlethwaite said.

"This will bring all schools onto a consistent funding basis and make sure every school gets the money it needs to do a great job.

"Now is the time for the NSW Government to sign up to the National Plan for School Improvement and put the future education of our students first."

The nation's governments will meet on Friday to discuss the reforms, but NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has already signalled further cuts would be required to find the $1.7 billion needed from the state budget.

In September last year, Mr O'Farrell axed the same amount required from education funding in the state.

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