The chairman of a review into the funding of education said the gap between the money schools would like to have and the amount they would get "is getting wider and wider", on 17 October 2012.
Sir Robert Salisbury was giving evidence to the Education Committee on the review of the Common Funding Scheme.
He explained that the review team had spoken to around 50 groups with something to say about schools and funding.
"We've been like giant sponges," he said.
Joanne Dobson of the UUP asked about the view that principals should have significant control over budgets.
"That's a view that has come very strongly to us from the principals," Sir Robert replied.
Katrina Godfrey of the Department of Education briefed the committee on the Education (Levels of Progression for Key Stages 1,2 and 3) Order (NI) 2012.
She said the order concerned assessments of communications, maths and ICT at the end of the three key stages.
These assessments were already in place but there was a need for moderation to ensure that they were being carried out in a consistent manner by teachers.
For instance, she explained, post-primary principals said they were unsure about the reliability of the assessments.