Garrett touts divisive Gonski plan to school

BIG PLANS: Monique Lucas chats with School Education Minister Peter Garrett and Leichhardt State School principal Lee Gerchow.
BIG PLANS: Monique Lucas chats with School Education Minister Peter Garrett and Leichhardt State School principal Lee Gerchow. Rob Williams

LEICHHARDT State School stands to be a big winner if the recommendations of the Gonski Review are passed into legislation this year.

School Education Minister Peter Garrett visited the school on Wednesday where he outlined to students, teachers and Aboriginal elders the benefits of his government's National Plan for School Improvement.

The school has already benefited from $723,000 under the Low SES Schools National Partnership, but there is $6.5 billion a year in nationwide school funding on the table if the recommendations of the Gonski review get up.

School principal Lee Gerchow said the partnership had seen more staff employed and greater student literacy and numeracy, better student support and better access to skills that gave them a quality education. He said implementing Gonski would "be a massive boost and make a huge difference in the confidence of the community in us being able to continue to provide that quality educational experience".

Should the Federal Opposition move to block the education reform proposed under Gonski?

This poll ended on 27 February 2013.

Yes - 8%

No - 89%

Not sure - 2%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

As Mr Garrett spoke to children in the classroom about the benefits of the national plan for school improvement, planes from the Amberley Air Force Base thundered overhead. An onlooker was heard to quote a line from one of Mr Garrett's Midnight Oil songs, that maybe it was "US forces giving the nod" to Gonski.

While Federal Labor has nodded its own approval to the recommendations of the Gonski review, the Liberals want nothing to do with it. Federal and state education ministers will meet in April to chew the fat over Gonski and that will be the first hurdle for Mr Garrett to overcome. Then the government must get the legislation passed before the September 14 election for it to begin in 2014.

"Final details of the model will be settled in coming weeks, then there will be earnest discussions with both the states and the non-government school sector," the minister said.

"We have always said we want state governments to co-operate and contribute to a new education funding model because it is in the interest of all students in every state.

"... I've had meetings with my education minister counterparts, including John-Paul Langbroek, and the ministers have agreed on the reform direction and components of a new model.

"Now we need to get to the most important phase of agreeing to detail and looking at funding offers."

The big question for Mr Garrett is: Will Gonski's recommendations be legislated by September 14?

"Yes," he said.

Topics:  education gonski peter garrett

Dreamworld ride worker: "It couldn't have been foreseen"

A former Dreamworld senior ride operator has broken his silence

Another store leaves Ipswich mall

SHUT DOWN: R.M. Williams in the Ipswich Mall has closed with Wednesday as their last day of trading.

R.M. Williams no longer has a store in Ipswich

Woman arrested after allegedly aiming car at emergency room

Ipswich Hospital emergency department drop-off and ambulance bay.

Patient allegedly loses cool after long wait in emergency

Local Partners

Workmates honour crash victim with tribute

UPDATE: Tanya Lyell is being remembered as a young mother dedicated to her family and work as the town she called home mourns its loss.

WATCH: NASA space station is live, see the view from above

In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module.

See the world from a new perspective as space station passes Rocky

Artist feeds us pop straight from heart

FEED THE BEAST: Singer-songwriter Emma Dean is this week's featured artist.

Emerge's Calen Le Couteur recently caught up with Emma Dean

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

Dennis Knight and the Black Cats play Club Services Ipswich Saturday night

Check out some live entertainment this weekend

Tom Cruise credits success to Scientology

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise credits his success to Scientology

Hacksaw Ridge leads AACTA Awards nominations

Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

MEL Gibson's wartime drama opens in cinemas next week.

ABBA to reunite for virtual live experience


ABBA have confirmed they are to reunite - in virtual reality form

Hugh Laurie receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hugh Laurie on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hugh Laurie and his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Blake Lively hosts 40th party for Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively throws husband Ryan Reynold's 40th birthday bash

What's on the big screen this week

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.

MARVEL'S latest superhero Doctor Strange makes his debut.

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Is Woolworths departure good news for Ipswich CBD?

Artist impression of the Ipswich Mall for the rejuvenation project to be undertaken by Ipswich City Properties

Council is on track to release a detailed plan before December

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?