The stark choice on education facing voters will be hammered home in campaigning by teacher unionists across the country this week, Gonski Week, and Federation is urgently calling on members to join the action.
The Coalition’s cuts will leave our schools $3.8 billion short, compared to the commitment by Labor and the Greens to funding Gonski in full right through until 2019, Australian Education Union Federal President Correna Haythorpe emphasised.
“During Gonski Week, volunteers will be out doorknocking in key target seats across Australia…as part of the Gonski campaign’s final doorknock before the federal election.
“They will be telling voters about the success of Gonski programs in local schools and warning of the consequences if Malcolm Turnbull succeeds in cutting Gonski funding after 2017.”
The AEU Federal President urged teachers and parents who see evidence that Gonski is making a difference, to tell the community what is at stake if the funding goes.
“Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to cut Gonski funding after 2017 will fail our kids by not giving them the education they need for their future,” Ms Haythorpe said.
“Gonski funding is already lifting results in schools through smaller classes, more one-to-one support, and extra literacy and numeracy programs.
“Why does Malcolm Turnbull want to stop it when we know it is making a difference to students?”
Events will be held through the week, involving local educators, to highlight what Gonski funding has achieved and what schools will be able to do with the full six years of increased resources.
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