AEU Tasmania Branch members have today welcomed the Australian Labor Party’s commitment to public education funding.
“Labor’s federal election commitment to invest $14.1 billion in our public schools rightfully returns public education as the priority of a future federal government. It recognises the importance of properly funding the system responsible for educating Australia’s 2.5 million public school students,” said AEU Tasmania Branch President Helen Richardson.
“Public school educators would welcome the promised $14 billion in additional funding over 10 years. Labor’s federal election commitment also has significant implications for Tasmania’s education system,” said Ms Richardson.
“This puts an additional $52 million into public schools in Tasmania, funding that will go a long way towards addressing the needs of our most disadvantaged students. This will help to reduce class sizes, deliver extra one on one support and importantly, allow for an injection of desperately needed additional professional support staff in our schools,” said Ms Richardson.
“Tasmania has more and more students starting school with high and complex needs. Public schools educate the majority of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. We know that when schools have the resources they need to give students the required individual attention we see improved educational outcomes. Children from backgrounds of disadvantage need more one-to-one support, and often require the professional support from School Psychologists, Speech Therapist and Social Workers, and this requires additional resources.
“Children in public schools deserve the best education we can give them, regardless of which school they attend. Governments should be investing in education for all, ensuring that all schools have the resources needed to allow every child to reach their full potential.
“Today’s public school funding commitment by Labor leader Bill Shorten is a huge win for those people who have campaigned for the Fair Funding Now,” said Ms Richardson.