New tool allows voters to see impact of Labor schools funding

At the next federal election, voters will be able to make an informed decision about between continuing the Morrison government’s billion-dollar cuts to public school funding or supporting Labor’s vision of $3.3 billion extra funding for public schools.

Federal Labor has unveiled Fair Go For Schools – a new online tool that will allow parents and teachers parents to discover exactly how much extra funding their local school will receive under a Shorten Labor government. The tool has been welcomed by Australian Education Union Federal President Correna Haythorpe. 

“While the Morrison government busies itself with cutting billions in funding from public schools, Labor has released detailed funding plans showing exactly how much extra funding each public school stands to gain under a Shorten Labor government,” Ms Haythorpe said.

“Via the Fair Go For Schools website, parents can get a clear picture of the additional funding their child’s local public school will receive from Labor’s $3.3 billion public school investment.

“Under Labor, each public school will see more teachers in classrooms, smaller class sizes, more teacher aides, more one-on-one individual attention for public school students, more classroom support, or more student programs for each public school.

“Meanwhile, the Morrison government’s record of public school budget cuts has left public schools out of pocket by $1.9 billion in 2018 and 2019, and by $14 billion over 10 years.

“Labor’s election commitment to smashing the Morrison government’s arbitrary 20% funding cap of the Schooling Resource Standard (SRS) will bring public schools much closer to 100% of the SRS,” Ms Haythorpe said. “Parents in public school communities understand the importance of fully funding public schools, and they vote.

“There is now a clear choice at the next federal election for voters who support public education,” Ms Haythorpe said.

Parents and teachers can see exactly how much extra funding their child’s local public school will receive under Labor’s $3.3 billion public school funding plan at www.fairgoforschools.com.au

 

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