Labor promises critical school funding
The Australian Labor Party (ALP) has committed to an extra $4.5 billion in funding to all schools in 2018 and 2019 as well as additional funding to support for students with special needs should it win the federal election this year.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the announcement was a significant step in ensuring quality education for all Australian students.
“The ALP’s commitment of such additional funding gives certainty to IEU members in schools across the country who have been given no such surety by the current Coalition federal government,” Mr Burke said.
IEU Federal Secretary Chris Watt said the ALP’s education policy, Your Child. Our Future, provided the certainty and commitment needed to ensure sustainable school funding which meets the needs of students and schools in delivering quality education.
“When it comes to students with special needs, in many instances, teachers and support staff in our schools have been forced to ‘make do’ with over stretched resources,” Mr Watts said.
“The ALP’s policy would provide the additional funding needed for essential resources, individual support of students and access to professional development – all of which our members working with special needs students have been calling on the current government to provide.
“The commitment to ensure that State and Territory Government are held accountable to provide school funding at appropriate levels is also welcomed.
“It is important all stakeholders, including governments and education providers, work together to ensure the provision of quality education to all Australian students,” Mr Watt said.