• Happily, politicking over

    WANGARATTA schools are waiting to hear the detail in the Federal Government’s Better Schools funding plan, following the State Government’s decision to sign on for the reforms.

    Wangaratta Primary School principal Anne Fahey welcomed Premier Denis Napthine’s agreement on Sunday to sign up to the funding reforms.

    “Victoria needed to sign up and stop the politicking,” Ms Fahey said.

    Mr Napthine described Victoria’s agreement with the Federal Government as a “win win” position, which will see an extra $12.2 billion in extra funding for the state’s schools over the next six years.

    A joint statement from state and federal governments said the agreement would “strike the right balance between local autonomy and management and accountability” and “enshrine Victoria’s role as manager of its schools system”.

    However, it has come at the expense of the education maintenance allowance, which helps low income families with school expenses and will be cut from 2015.

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