Turnbull targets local schools in billion dollar cut

Schools in Yuroke 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.

The nine-digit figure, released today by the Andrews Labor Government, is a warning to every school in Yuroke 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.

Under the cuts, schools in Yuroke will lose up to $9.2million every year from 2019.

“This is funding that pays for resources like extra support teachers in the classroom and special reading programs for kids based on need”, Ros Spence, Local Member for Yuroke said.

“Malcolm Turnbull talks about innovation, but there’s nothing creative about cutting money from our schools and the kids that need the most support.”

“The Andrews Labor Government has delivered a new school for our community and the biggest education budget in the history of Victoria, as well as funding our part of the Gonski agreement.”

“There’s only so much we can do without federal support and the Turnbull Government must step up and support local kids.”

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