Turnbull Government cuts will hurt schools in Shortland

Dec 16, 2016

The Member for Shortland, Pat Conroy, says schools in Shortland will lose $33 million if Malcolm Turnbull’s Government pushes ahead with their short sighted and harsh cuts to needs-based funding.

Today, education ministers from across the country will meet to discuss the future of our schools. It is imperative they pressure the Turnbull Government to keep its promise to match Labor dollar for dollar and deliver needs-based funding.

We know disadvantaged kids are still struggling at school.

That’s why Labor introduced proper needs-based funding for schools, so every child, in every school, gets every opportunity to succeed, no matter where they live, or how wealthy their family.

Schools are already using the early years of Labor’s extra needs-based funding to get better results for our kids. As noted in the Newcastle Herald in October this year, with the additional funding in 2017, Cardiff High School aims to double the number of spaces for students in specially targeted literacy and numeracy programs.

We want to make sure disadvantage is no longer a barrier to getting a great education, and achieving great results. Without funding of years 5 and 6 of Gonski, programs like Cardiff High’s which ensures kids that need a little extra tuition are able to get it are now in doubt.

Labor’s school funding plan will give disadvantaged schools the biggest funding increases in the fastest time.

The Liberals promised Australians they would match Labor’s school funding plan dollar for dollar. But instead they cut $30 billion from schools – and disadvantaged schools will be the hardest hit.

Both Liberal and Labor state governments know the positive difference extra needs based funding is making in their schools – that’s why they have put politics aside to campaign together against Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts.

Together we can send a strong message to Malcolm Turnbull and the Federal Liberal Government to stop making excuses and commit to properly funding schools. Sign the petition here: http://www.alp.org.au/fundourschools



16 DECEMBER  2016


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