The Australian Education Union Victorian Branch says parents, teachers, principals and support staff are appalled to find Victorian schools will lose $630 million under Malcolm Turnbull’s new education scheme. The most disadvantaged students in Victorian classrooms will bear the brunt of these cuts.
“New Victorian government figures show 1535 Victorian schools will be worse off in 2018 and 2019 under the Turnbull government plan,” said Meredith Peace Australian Education Union Victorian Branch President.
“Victorian schools face a $630 million shortfall. Schools like Hoppers Crossing Secondary, Wellington Secondary, Tarneit P-9 College and McKinnon Secondary College will all lose funding.
“Under Turnbull’s scheme the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged schools will widen. There are already huge achievement gaps between the highest and lowest performing students in our schools – this will only make it worse.
“Children who need additional literacy and numeracy assistance in disadvantaged schools will miss out. Malcolm Turnbull hoped parents would buy his spin campaign, but they are not fooled.
“Students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, children with learning difficulties, children from regional areas, children who have English as a second language, indigenous students - these children will continue to miss out.
“Students whose families have less continue to fall behind in our schools while the Turnbull Government looks after big business and overseas corporations who take their profits offshore. He should be investing in our children, not giving companies $65 billion in company tax cuts.
“The Turnbull government’s own figures show schools will be $22 billion worse off over the next ten years. Turnbull’s plan will not deliver genuine needs-based funding - 84% of public schools will not meet the minimum school resource standard by 2027.
“We need the signed Victorian Gonski agreement honoured, which will deliver real needs based funding to schools and ensure all students get the additional support they need,” said Ms Peace.