New reports about the struggles faced by students with disability are a stark reminder of the urgent need for proper resourcing and better learning opportunities.
This follows recent research by Children with Disability Australia which revealed as many as one in four children with disability have been denied enrolment, almost one in five only attend school part-time, and 68 per cent of parents believed their children do not receive adequate support at school.
Labor has established a Senate Inquiry into the education of children with disability – to highlight the impact of Tony Abbott’s cuts, and make sure this incredibly important issue is given the prominence it deserves in our national debate.
“Australia’s school system urgently needs to do better for students with disability,” Shadow Minister for Education, Kate Ellis, said.
“Despite promising ‘no cuts to education’, Tony Abbott has ripped $30 billion from our schools.
“He has also walked away from the needs-based Gonski reforms – meaning many students with disability simply won’t get the support they need.
“Students, parents and teachers deserve a needs-based funding system that supports students with disability, not Tony Abbott’s cuts.
SUNDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 2015