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Advisory group opposes global funding

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/09/2016

The education Funding Advisory Group has recommended dropping the proposed global funding system for schools.

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she isn't surprised, and she isn't writing it off.

"I want to make sure we take the time to get these vitally important decisions right, that's why our timeline for implementation at the earliest would be 2019," she said on Thursday.

The global system would change the way schools are funded.

At present teacher pay is ring-fenced alongside operational funding.

Under global funding school principals would have flexibility in the way they use it, and could choose to use more for running the school and less on teacher pay.

Teacher unions and the Labour Party strongly oppose global funding.

The advisory group, which has just released its report, has agreed that further work should be done on six other proposals.

They are:

* Taking a per-child approach to funding

* Additional funding for those most at risk of underachievement

* Supplementary funding for small and isolated schools

* Proposals over the way property funding is delivered

* Better accountability for student achievement

* Supporting a diversity of education options

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