Contributed by an AEU member
The Australian Education Union (AEU) is ramping up pressure on the Federal Government not to scrap the Gonski school funding model, with a national bus tour and advertising campaign.
Today, the team is in Adelaide launching one of the campaign buses. Another bus leaves from Brisbane. The campaign will be taken across South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales and arrive in Canberra on 22 March.
The union says Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s plans to get rid of the model next year will deny schools across Australia $3.8 billion in extra funding.
According to AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe, this means many schools won’t get the resources they need to properly support all of their students.
“If Malcolm Turnbull fails to deliver Gonski funding in full, he is failing our kids,” she said in a statement.
Haythorpe said Gonski needs-based funding was turning students’ lives around, and that Turnbull was ignoring the evidence of its success.
“We know Gonski funding is working and schools across Australia are using it to benefit students through greater one-to-one support, targeted literacy and numeracy programs and smaller classes.
“The only reason Malcolm Turnbull ignores the evidence Gonski is working is because he does not care about the children who need help the most.
“Malcolm Turnbull can find $50 billion for a corporate tax cut but he can’t find a fraction of that funding to ensure children get the support they need at school.”
Along with the national bus tour, the AEU said it will also run television, radio and online advertising spruiking Gonski funding throughout March.