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NSW Premier Chris Minns has urged the Albanese government to use tomorrow’s budget to boost funding for public education, invoking Labor’s “legacy” as architects of the Gonski funding reforms to urge his federal counterparts to heed calls for help funding schools from the states.

Ahead of the release of the federal budget tomorrow, the states have been urging the Albanese government to increase its funding for state schools.

On Sunday, the education ministers from five states, including Prue Car in NSW, released a statement calling for federal Labor to “deliver its election commitment” to fund public schools at 100 per cent of the Schooling Resource Standard.

NSW Premier Chris Minns wants more funding for public schools in the federal budget.

NSW Premier Chris Minns wants more funding for public schools in the federal budget.Credit: Kate Geraghty

The Commonwealth has struck funding agreements with Western Australia and the Northern Territory, but has been unable to reach agreements with the other states including NSW.

The Commonwealth wants to increase funding by 2.5 per cent but has insisted on trying those funds to certain conditions.

States, including NSW, want the federal government to increase its share of funding from 20 to 25 per cent, or 100 per cent of the SRS.

Minns backed that call today, saying there was “complete agreement from education ministers in every jurisdiction” on the deal and pointed to the former Rudd government’s appointment of David Gonski to run a review of public school funding more than a decade ago to urge his federal counterparts to bridge that gap.

“I think education funding, particularly for public education has been an important legacy from federal Labor going back a long time, particularly the establishment of the Gonski review that recognised that this was the key investment to spark off opportunities for young people,” he said.

“I’m hopeful that we can get an outcome now.”



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