Schools in Melton just got some bad news, with the damage bill for Malcolm Turnbull’s statewide school cuts totalling a massive $1.1 billion and targeting the students who need the most help.
Under the cuts, schools in Melton will lose up to $M13.1 every year from 2019.
The nine-digit figure, released today by the Andrews Labor Government, is a warning to every school in Melton that relies on hardworking teachers and support staff to help their students achieve.
This $1.1 billion could have funded more than 8,000 teachers, or more than 10,000 allied health staff like psychologists, speech pathologists, welfare workers and physiotherapists.
Instead, the Turnbull Government’s funding for years 5 and 6 of the Gonski Agreement will be cut completely, leaving the average government school across Victoria about half-a-million dollars worse off.
This is funding that pays for things like extra support teachers in the classroom and special reading programs for kids falling behind.
Malcolm Turnbull’s so-called Ideas Boom will go completely bust if he keeps cutting funds from our schools, our kids and our future.
The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s disadvantaged schools, has met all its obligations under the Gonski Agreement and, in 2015, delivered the biggest education budget in Victoria’s history. But there’s only so much Victoria can do without Canberra’s support.