Minister attracts media attention at faculty event

24 August 2012

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The Sydney Morning Herald has published a report of the address to a public forum at the faculty by NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli.

In the article, SMH State Political Reporter Anna Patty says Mr Piccoli accused the Federal parliamentary leaders of both major political parties of losing sight of the recommendations made in the Review of Funding for Schooling by Professor David Gonski.

Mr Piccoli told the audience at the public forum - one of several in a faculty series featuring high-profile speakers - that the greatest problem in implementing the Gonski report recommendations was overcoming the politics of school funding models.

He said he agreed with the sentiment of the Gonski panel that most of the proposed funding increases should be directed to public schools, where the majority of disadvantaged students are educated.

''According to the Gonski report, two-thirds of Australia's estimated 3.5 million students attend government schools and that is where the need is most intense,'' Mr Piccoli is reported to have said.