Colin Barnett and the Liberals should reverse their education cuts. They should adequately fund our public schools, so that they can continue to provide all children with a quality education.
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The Barnett Government’s new student funding model doesn’t include one extra dollar in funding for public education. Over the last two years, more than 400 primary and high schools have actually lost funding.
This year, real funding per student in our public schools will fall from $16,196 to $15,853 per year.
We know the community is unhappy about the cuts to our public education system. That’s why the State Government is spending so much money on a television advertising campaign.
However, we all know that parents take a strong interest in the education of their kids. They notice when programs get cut, or staff disappear. Mr Barnett's cuts have meant fewer teachers and support staff, as well as a loss of funding for specialist programs, a reduction in resources and less individual attention for our kids.
Given all the luxuries that Mr Barnett is spending our money on, it is inexcusable that he is trying to recoup money at the expense of our children.
What makes this even worse is that Mr Barnett ruled out cuts to education before the last State Election. Not only are his cuts a betrayal of our children's future, they are a betrayal of trust.
Making sure all children get a quality education should be the first priority of the State Government. The Premier should put our kids first, not last.
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