Stop the WA Labor Government from scrapping valuable regional education for our children
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Education in regional WA is facing its biggest threat since Mark McGowan was appointed as the Minister for Education in 2006, when children in classrooms across the state didn’t have teachers in front of them.
Now Premier McGowan and his WA Labor Government have announced $64 million of cuts to the regional Education Department budget, forcing the closure of the School of the Air, six Camp Schools, the Moora and Northam Residential Colleges and the Landsdale Farm School. The cuts will also deliver a reduction in funding of 25% for the Gifted and Talented program along with a 120% increase an VacSwim fees. They will also be reducing or ceasing other grants previously provided to external organisations.
This is on top of the already announced closure of Aboriginal education offices across regional WA and the significant cuts to the Boarding Away from Home Allowance for remote and isolated families to attend school in regional centres or Perth.
This WA Labor Government also plans to cut 800 Education Department staff positions from the current total of 1200, mostly through forced redundancies.
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