Apr 24, 2013

Better funding for Inner West schools

Inner West schools can look forward to better resources after the Prime Minister signed an agreement with the NSW Government to inject $5 billion into NSW schools.

Labor Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese said the announcement was great news for local school kids.

“This agreement is about making sure schools are funded properly into the future,” said Mr Albanese.

“Under the plan, the Federal Labor Government will invest $2 for every $1 the NSW government contributes.

“With these extra resources, we hope to make Australia’s classrooms among the top five in the world in reading, maths and science by the year 2025.”

Under the deal NSW schools will receive an additional investment totalling around $5 billion over six years. Of this, the Federal Government will contribute 65 per cent ($3,270 billion) and the NSW Government 35 per cent ($1,761 billion).

It means more money:

  • To help improve reading and writing;
  • For specialist language teachers; and
  • To ensure schools have enough money for the teaching resources and modern equipment they need.

Anthony Albanese added that an Abbott Government would take this record investment in schools away from local kids and families.

“Under Tony Abbott, education will be cut to the bone,” Mr Albanese said.

“Our plan for better schools leaves no-one behind – it means a good education for every local child regardless of their postcode.”

To urge Tony Abbott to support the National Plan for School Improvement visit https://australianlabor.wufoo.eu/forms/better-schools-petition/  and sign the online petition.