NSW Teachers Federation, western Sydney Labor MPs hold Gonski forum

The sense of indignation was palpable at St Marys RSL on Wednesday as western Sydney teachers and MPs drew battle lines over the federal government’s school funding model.

It’s been labelled a $22 billion cut for the nation’s schools by Labor and was met with criticism from the NSW government’s Education Minister Rob Stokes.

Western Sydney Labor MPs and education representatives made their feelings clear.

Western Sydney Labor MPs and education representatives made their feelings clear.

President of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council, Chris Presland told the crowd of about 250 people the plan “wasn’t good enough”.

“We’re not actually losing money under the Turnbull plan. We’re not getting what we should be getting,” he said.

Mr Presland, principal at St Clair High School, said he believed the government would crack under pressure. He urged teachers to recruit parents for the fight.

Among those present were Londonderry MP Prue Car and Lindsay MP Emma Husar, as figures issued by the NSW Teachers Federation showing schools in Lindsay would receive more than $23 million less than under the previous agreement.

Across greater western Sydney, the discrepancy is more than $258 million between the agreement signed in 2013 and the Turnbull government’s plan, according to the figures.

There wasn't a spare seat at St Marys RSL Club on Wednesday. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton

There wasn't a spare seat at St Marys RSL Club on Wednesday. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton

The plan has passed through the House of Representatives but still needs to get past the Senate.

We’re not getting what we should be getting.

Chris Presland