Teachers question $10 billion education funding black hole


THE NSW Teachers' Federation says Premier Mike Baird must confront the Prime Minister over a $10 billion black hole in the state's education system.

Tuesday night's Federal Budget announcement did not include money to fund the final two years of Gonski education reforms.

"This is an appalling abrogation of federal government responsibility and warrants the strongest possible response from the NSW Government," NSW Teachers' Federation president Marie Mulheron said.

"The NSW Coalition Government signed the Gonski agreement in good faith, pledging to increase state funding over six years in partnership with the Commonwealth.

"Premier Baird must now step up and defend the state's students and schools.

"He must do all he can to convince the Prime Minister to honour the NSW agreement.

"Prime Minister Abbott's pre-election promise of increased funding for students with disability has been shattered, leaving more than 100,000 students across Australia without funding support."

Shadow Education Minister Linda Burney told parliament the funding shortfall was now the State Government's responsibility.

"The NSW Government must implement the Gonski reforms in full - and if they can't get the funding from Tony Abbott, the NSW Liberals must explain where the $10 billion will come from," she said.

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