AEU welcomes Andrews Government plan to fund public education

The Australian Education Union says the weekend's state election result shows Victorian voters want a state government with a plan to fund preschools, schools and TAFE.

“Daniel Andrews was re-elected yesterday because he has a plan for public schools and public education,” said Meredith Peace, president of the Australian Education Union Victorian Branch.

“In its first term the Andrews Government closed the per-student funding gap by $904 and committed billions in extra funding for public schools.

“Andrews delivered 52 fee-free TAFE courses and is set to invest another $220 million in TAFE in addition to the $320 million already invested. The Andrews Government made the single biggest commitment to preschool education we have seen, committing $5 billion to deliver 15 hours of preschool for all three-year-olds.

“Premier Andrews committed to delivering billions of dollars of additional funding for schools over 10 years, and will build and open 45 new schools in the next four years, in addition to important school upgrades. 

“The Victorian Liberals gave voters absolutely no detail about how they would fund public education.

“The first order of business for the re-elected Andrews Labor government is to put renewed pressure on Scott Morrison to do a school funding deal that sees the federal government committing their fair share. The Australian Education Union in Victoria welcomes Andrews’ commitment to fight for more federal funding.

“Victoria has elected a state government that puts public education first,” said Meredith Peace.

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