Great Public Schools Deserve Full Gonski Funding

Sharon Bird and Ryan Park today congratulated Woonona East Primary School on their 50th Anniversary.

Woonona East Primary School today held their 50th Anniversary celebrations which included a morning tea, Acknowledgement of Country, choir and band performances, a visual presentation of school memories and the cutting of a birthday cake.

“Public Education Week has been a great opportunity for Ryan and I to get out and visit our public schools and see the great work and different programs that our local schools are involved in and meet the school communities,” Sharon Bird said. 

“Earlier in the week I had the opportunity to visit the Refugee Challenge program at Heathcote High School and have attended a few performances of the Schools Choral Festival at the Town Hall. 

“Our schools deserve to be funded properly.  Figures released today have revealed that Tony Abbott’s cuts will leave local schools in Cunningham $199 million worse off over the next decade,” Sharon Bird said.

The Abbott Government’s Budget has cut $80 billion from schools and hospitals – with $30 billion of that coming directly from schools.

“$199 million is a massive cut to our local schools and the impact at a local level will be very real – every student will get $1,000 less support, every year. This means that our kids will miss out on literacy and numeracy programs and music and sport programs,” Sharon Bird said.

Mr Park said that Education week was an opportunity to acknowledge the thousands of dedicated teachers and staff across our public schools that ensure we have one of the strongest education systems in the world.

“Tony Abbott’s cuts are being felt in our classrooms now.  Principals are unable to start new programs because these massive cuts are hanging over their heads,” Ryan Park said.

“Our teachers want to be working to improve our schools, not spending their time and energy planning for how they will cope with these cuts.”

He said that cuts from the Federal Government were being felt in classrooms across the Illawarra and also called on the State Government to deliver on the promised 60 Literacy & Numeracy Teachers.

“The NSW Government needs to let our community know when they will be delivering the 60 promised literacy and numeracy teachers for our region, as to date only a handful are in our local schools,” he said.

“Both state and federal Labor will fight so that every child can get the individual support they need, no matter where they go to school,” Ryan Park said.

31 JULY 2014

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