Funding cuts: NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli. Photo: Tamara Dean
Significant loss: Glebe Public School, which runs Aboriginal and disadvantaged student programs will lose over $12,000. Photo: Quentin Jones
The funding cuts to disadvantaged NSW schools would have been worse than the $5.6 million outlined by NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli if the Gillard government had not tipped in $100 million in Gonski cash, a top education bureaucrat says.
Robyn McKerihan, who implemented the new funding formula, said the cuts were originally ''absolutely'' worse than those hitting the 187 schools that will lose money next year.
Ms McKerihan, executive director of the Education Department's Local Schools, Local Decisions program, worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers to design the NSW government's new funding model for disadvantaged students.
Mr Piccoli said that under the system the money would be spread more widely, with 90 per cent of schools receiving more funding.
But next year's result takes cash away from needy schools that had previously benefited under the disadvantage programs.
''I've been working on it since March last year, and there's been a significant change in the amount of money we've been able to use,'' Ms McKerihan said.
The Gonski funding deal quarantined NSW government money for disadvantaged students, she said.
Glebe Public School, which has 29 per cent Aboriginal students and 60 per cent of all students living in a public housing estate, is among the schools to lose money.
The school, which has 137 students, will receive $119,107 in disadvantage funding, a loss of $12,321. While its Aboriginal funding is steady, the school has lost a quarter of its socioeconomic funding.