Remember the education debate of the 1990s – bulk funding, Remember the solemn promise of Anne Tolley before the election not to go there again. Well she has.
In the budget detail we discover that schools are allowed to drop their staffing 10% below the staffing schedule minima and cash up the difference.
And they are allowed to cash up their property money instead of doing the capital works that the money is allocated for.
I don’t think that funding to either area is so generous that it is appropriate to divert it.
It isn’t just the thin end of the wedge – it is all the change the bulk funders want except the right to reduce teachers’ pay.