THE GREENS PLAN FOR SECURING A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIAN KIDS
A caring society ensures that every child can receive a high quality education - regardless of where they go to school or their family's income.
The current education system is chronically underfunded, putting pressure on teachers, parents and students.
The Greens support the Gonski reforms, which - if Premier Barnett signed up to - would see Western Australians schools receive $920 million through Federal and State funding - for public and independent schools in need. Without these reforms, our schools would lose $316 million over the next three years.
In the first semester of 2013, 66 per cent of school students in Western Australia attended government schools - that's two out of three kids in Western Australia. The current funding system neglects public schools and needs to be fixed. Gonski is a step in the right direction, but The Greens want to go further.
In addition to the Gonski reforms, the Greens are committing:
• An extra $2 billion over the next four years on top of the government's $3 billion to help bring public schools up to scratch as soon as possible. This would double the funding from the government in the next two years.
• This would translate to about $200m extra for WA schools.
• We will direct the extra funding to where it is needed most, including better assistance for kids with a disability.
Extra Federal funding would be timely for Western Australia, arriving as our public education system undergoes major structural changes such as the relocation of Year 7 students, the introduction of a National Curriculum, and changes to the WA Certificate of Education.
The Greens' plan would deliver more funding for WA schools in the face of the Barnett Government's planned cuts as shown in the forward estimates of the last State budget. While Labor is underinvesting and the Coalition wants to cut education funding, the Greens are standing up for all Australian children to secure a fairer school funding model and make high quality education a reality for more Australian kids.
Authorised by Chris Dickinson & Adam Duncan, the Greens (WA), Ground Floor 445 Hay St Perth