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October 22, 2021

Page school communities call for fairer funding

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It’s not the first time Page school communities have called for better funding. In 2016 teachers, parents and students called for Gonski education reforms outside MP Kevin Hogan’s Lismore office. File photo

Principals, parents and teachers in the Page electorate will join with community members at the local launches of the Fair Funding Now campaign at Grafton and Sandy Beach today and tomorrow.

The campaign aims to secure fairer funding for public schools and a reversal of the Turnbull Government cuts which will cost local schools over $23 million in 2018 and 2019 alone.

Speakers at the campaign Grafton launch today (Wednesday) will include NSW Teachers Federation president Maurie Mulheron, South Grafton PS principal, Peter South and P&C President Kelly Vickers while principal Dianne Blevin will address the Sandy Beach PS event tomorrow.

Mr Mulheron said: ‘We are running the Fair Funding Now campaign because a fair go for all children is needed now.

‘All children in the Page electorate should have the opportunity to get the highest quality public education.

‘Polling by the union shows the overwhelming majority of voters in 18 key marginal electorates, including Page, believe federal funding for public school is too low and that funding should be increased straight away.

More important than tax cuts

‘Results show school funding will be a key federal election vote decider, with 83 per cent of respondents stating that public school funding is very important or fairly important to how they will vote. 

‘School funding is more important to voters than cutting company tax rates, with 79 per cent of respondents stating that increasing public school funding to the national schooling resource standard is better for Australia’s future than cutting company tax rates.

 ‘If our leaders can’t commit to ensuring every school is at 100 per cent of the resourcing standard, then they should look at every parent and teacher in the eye and explain to them why their children aren’t a priority.

‘We will be active across Australia, through social media, outdoor advertising, and targeted action in 18 marginal Federal seats including door knocking and phone banks.

’We will be active in every school community across Australia making the case for Fair Funding Now and we won’t back down until every child is given a fair go,’ said Mr Mulheron.

Mrs Vickers explained the reason for her involvement : ‘As a parent we entrust our children into our public school system.  We trust that the school has our kid’s best interests at heart and to truly give them the best education.  But a school cannot operate and keep awesome programs running when they are let down by the funding promises that the government does not keep.’

‘As a mum, a parent, I know I have a voice and because our kids are our future generation we want to build them up to be the best they can be.  So, my commitment is for our kids, no matter what their background, to have fair funding.  Fair funding for every student because every student deserves a fair go,’ said Mrs Vickers.

 


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