Mr Merlino stated Victoria wouldn’t be bullied into signing a “dud” multi-year deal which “unfairly funds public college college students lower than non-public college college students”.
“Scott Morrison has already recklessly rejected this proposal. This proves he’s keen to carry youngsters to ransom to pressure by means of his unfair schooling deal,” Mr Merlino stated.
“If Scott Morrison decides to withhold funding, then the accountability for any impacts on faculties rests solely and totally with him.”
Mr Tehan stated Victoria was the one state that had no signed as much as his deal for report college funding.
“Victoria is asking for a particular deal that places in jeopardy all the things we have now negotiated in good religion with each different state and territory,” Mr Tehan instructed The Age.
“Quite than persevering with to leak to the media my hope is that Daniel Andrews will come to his senses and attain an settlement that gives faculties in his state with report funding and ensures essential reforms to raise outcomes.”
Victorian impartial and Catholic faculties are involved funding might cease flowing to them subsequent yr except a brand new deal is struck this month.
Whereas state faculties obtain the majority of their public funding from the state authorities, impartial and Catholic faculties obtain the majority of their public funding from the federal authorities.
Unbiased Colleges Victoria chief government Michelle Inexperienced has written to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews urging him to resolve the uncertainty, saying the scenario was creating “rising and well-founded nervousness” amongst faculties.
“Some faculties, with inadequate cashflow to fulfill their January bills with out this fee, may now want to talk to a monetary establishment about creating or extending an overdraft and/or bridging finance,” she stated.
She stated if an instantaneous decision wasn’t reached, the Andrews authorities ought to present 100 per cent of their 2019 grant funds to impartial faculties in January, as an alternative of the 25 per cent they had been on account of obtain.
“This could go a way in the direction of easing the quick strain many will face,” she defined.
Mr Merlino will write to the impartial and Catholic sectors to tell them there’s nothing stopping them from receiving federal funding, no matter whether or not an settlement is in place.
However the Morrison authorities has obtained authorized recommendation that contradicts this. Its recommendation states that federal funds to Victorian faculties can’t proceed except an settlement is in place.
The Labor celebration is already contemplating the way it may marketing campaign on the funding debacle in marginal seats within the lead-up to the federal election.
If the federal authorities withholds cash from Victorian faculties, the ALP will roll out adverts highlighting the difficulty.
Earlier this week, Mr Andrews wrote to Mr Morrison to present a powerful indication that Victoria wouldn’t be signing as much as Gonski 2.zero.
The Victorian authorities is looking on the federal authorities to extend its share of the Education Resourcing Normal from 20 to 25 per cent. This could be certain that state faculties obtained 100 per cent of the benchmark, the identical proportion as non-government faculties.
Federal Schooling Division modelling has discovered that lifting the Commonwealth’s share to 25 per cent for all state faculties would value a further $25 billion by 2023.
The Commonwealth has provided Victoria $5 billion subsequent yr as a part of a deal that will increase its contribution to Victorian state college funding from 16.7 per cent to 20 per cent by 2023.
The Andrews authorities has dedicated to lifting Victoria’s contribution from 66 per cent, the bottom share in Australia, to 75 per cent.
Schooling Editor at The Age