Average Northern Rivers School Will Lose $3.2m: Saffin

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Parents from Lismore’s Albert Park Public School will this morning meet with Labor’s candidate for Page, Janelle Saffin, in response to concerns raised about the future of funding for public schools.

At last week’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull did not offer the states any extra funding for schools after 2017.

Further discussions on new funding are expected to be finalised early next year.

But Ms Saffin said Mr Turnbull was trying to “shirk his responsibility to public schools”, and says his failure to reverse Tony Abbott’s cuts to education meant the average Northern Rivers school will lose $3.2 million.

“Across the Northern Rivers schools will be more than $570 million worse off over the next 10 years – cuts that will impact every student in every school in the region,” she said.

“Over 23,000 kids in our region will now miss out on the support and help they need at school. This is a deliberate betrayal of every local child in every local school.”

Ms Saffin said Labor had pledged to pour $37 billion extra into schools over the next decade.

This includes $5.4 billion in Gonski funding for disadvantaged students in 2018 and 2019, and $320 billion in extra funding for students with disabilities.

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