Schools funding consultation process extended

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SCHOOLS and parents will now have on extra week to respond to the consulation on how schools are funded.

Education Minister, John O’Dowd announced an extension to the public consultation period. The 16-week consultation has been extended to 5pm on 25 October 2013.

He said a technical problem had affected one question on the online response form.

The question was on a proposal not to change funding arrangements for special units attached to mainstream schools.

“If there are voices with a different view on the arrangements for special units, it’s important that these are heard,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“And if anyone who used the online consultation to express a dissenting view wants to contact us to ensure we have that view correctly recorded, contact details are on the Department of Education website,” he added.

Mr O’Dowd had previously said he would not extend the consultation on how schools are funded.

He proposed changes to the Common Funding Scheme, which determines how funds are allocated to Northern Ireland schools in June.

Initial figures released showed schools in Mid-Ulster were set to be hit hard by funding cuts.