Teachers condemn funding change

THE NSW Teachers' Federation says the State Government's planned changes to the way schools are managed will rip funding out of the sector.

The Government has announced sweeping changes to the way public schools from kindergarten to Year 12 are managed and run.

Principals are to be given decision-making control over 70 per cent of the school's budget, up from 10 per cent, and will now be free to choose their staffing mix and purchase supplies locally rather than from head office.

The Education Department will also allocate funding based on a school's location and special needs, not just on the number of students.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli says the move is designed to improve teacher quality, but the Federation's president Maurie Mulheron says it is nothing more than budget cuts.

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