MEMBER for Paterson Meryl Swanson has written to all schools in her electorate this week asking principals and teachers what the effects of “Gonski” cuts will meant to them.
The Paterson electorate will lose $43million in Gonski funding as part of the Turnbull Government’s $30billion cut from schools over 10 years.
Labor is fighting these cuts and insisting the Government deliver the full Gonski rollout.
“I have no doubt the impact of these cuts will be severe, but I want to hear directly from schools what the cuts will mean for them,” Ms Swanson said.
“I know several schools have used their Gonski funding for intervention programs that have led to great improvements in literacy and numeracy.
“One school told me they are meeting and exceeding local and state standards because of these programs.
“Properly funding our schools is critical to making sure our young people have the skills they need to put their best foot forward, to get a job, keep a job, and become our future leaders.
“As our international neighbours place ever more importance on education we need to give our children the skills and the technology they need to excel.”
Gonski funding was designed to direct additional resources to areas of disadvantage to make up for historical underfunding, Ms Swanson said.
After building slowly from 2014 to 2017, it was supposed to sharply increase in 2018-19.
“But the Turnbull Government has put an end to that. I will not stand by while funds are cut from schools. I’m asking our schools to help me build the case for the full Gonski rollout.
“I have invited teachers and parents to share with me what Gonski funding has meant for them and, importantly, what they will miss out on because of the cuts.”