The Australian Education Union Victorian Branch is launching mobile billboards in the Blackburn area as part of their election campaign demanding proper and fair funding for public schools in Victoria from the next Federal Government.
Figures released today by the AEU show that with proper and fair funding from the Federal Government, every public school in Victoria could employ an average of 10 more teachers and provide additional learning programs for students who need extra help.
“Each year, public schools in Victoria are missing out on $1,971 per student because of the failure of the Morrison Government to ensure that every student is funded to a minimum of 100 per cent of the Schooling Resource Standard (SRS),” AEU Victorian Branch President Meredith Peace said.
“Victorian public-school students continue to be the lowest funded in the country after almost a decade of reckless funding cuts perpetrated by the Morrison Government.
“This dire situation will be made worse by Morrison’s $559 million cut to public school funding in the Federal Budget this year.
“For too long, the Morrison Government has shirked their responsibility for Victoria’s public schools. We cannot afford another term of their callous, deep and irresponsible funding cuts.
“Victoria’s public schools provide high quality education to every child, irrespective of their background or circumstances. But the current funding shortfall denies public school students, their families and teachers, the funding they need to maximise their full potential and thrive.
“With proper and fair funding, public school students in Victoria can benefit from more teachers and education support staff, reduced class sizes and specialised learning programs that cater to their individual needs.
The mobile billboards being launched today will travel throughout Victoria, focusing on the marginal electorates of Chisholm, Corangamite and Dunkley.
“The electorate of Chisholm sees public schools miss out on $50.4 million in funding every year.
“If public schools in the Chisholm electorate were properly and fairly funded, they could employ 14 additional teachers on average.
“The current funding shortfall in Victoria’s public schools must be urgently addressed by the next Federal Government.
“The upcoming federal election is an opportunity to elect a government that prioritises Victoria and its public schools, their students, teachers and families.”
The mobile billboards also highlight the Morrison Government’s failures on TAFE. Nationally, vocational education and training and TAFE funding is $8 billion lower since the Coalition was elected in 2013.
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