13 Jul 2013

Queensland looking at extension for schools funding deal

8:44 am on 13 July 2013

Queensland could get an extra two weeks to sort out the details of a deal for the state under a $A14.5 billion national schools funding plan abnnounced by the federal government.

Premier Campbell Newman and state education minister John-Paul Langbroek met Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and federal education minister Bill Shorten on Friday to discuss Labor's plan for extra money for schools from 2014.

AAP reports Queensland could get another two weeks to negotiate beyond Labor's deadline of Sunday for remaining states to sign up.

So far New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmanian state governments and the ACT have agreed and the federal government has secured the support of the independent schools sector.

This leaves Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory still to sign.

Mr Newman said he still had some concerns. These included lower university funding and the potential for federal intervention in state systems.

Whether or not the state would sign up depended on if the two ministers "can get into the nitty gritties" over the next two weeks.

AAP reports former prime minister Julia Gillard gave the states until 30 June to agree to the funding plan. When Mr Rudd took over, he extended the deadline by a fortnight to Sunday, 14 July.