LABOR COMMITS TO A FAIR GO FOR GEELONG STUDENTS

Students in the Greater Geelong region will be given the investment and support to catch up to their capital city peers, with Labor’s Your Child. Our Future plan for Australia’s schools.

New analysis of Victorian Government data reveals Labor’s commitment will see Greater Geelong benefit from approximately $33 million in additional funding for Government schools in 2018 and 2019, to give local students the fair go they deserve.

 

Students outside our capital cities deserve the same support and opportunities as their peers – yet the evidence shows that they continue to lag behind. The latest data from the Australian Early Development Census revealed that almost one in five children in the Greater Geelong region will already be behind in their development when they start school, and without early intervention, they will simply fall further behind.

 

For something to change, our teachers and classrooms need to be given the resources to close the gap.

 

Under Your Child. Our Future, Labor will reverse Malcolm Turnbull’s $30 billion cut to education, and fully fund the Gonski reforms on-time and in-full. New analysis of data from the Victorian Government shows that by walking away from the Gonski reforms, Malcolm Turnbull will rip $33 million out of Geelong’s Government schools 2018 and 2019 – critical funding that local students need to achieve their best.

 

Visiting Roslyn Primary School earlier today, Shadow Minister for Education Kate Ellis and Labor Candidate for Corangamite Libby Coker said that additional needs-based funding is already making a difference in our classrooms – and it is critical that it continues.

 

“Enough is enough – it’s time our regional students were given a fair go and the same opportunities as those in capital cities,” Shadow Minister for Education Kate Ellis said.

 

“There are particular challenges which regional schools face, and Malcolm Turnbull’s $30 billion cuts to education will only push regional students further behind.”

 

Labor candidate for Corangamite, Libby Coker, said if we want local students to get a great education and have jobs in the future we need to close the gap between students in our capital cities, and students outside them.

 

“This additional money will mean more support for students, early intervention programs in schools, additional literacy and numeracy programs, and teachers having the tools to know exactly how students are tracking in their achievement,” said Ms Coker.

 

“Local students need a fair go, they don’t need Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts. Only Labor has a plan to improve our schools and ensure that students are leaving school with the skills they need to get good jobs.”

 

 

THE HON. KATE ELLIS MP

 

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION

 

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD

 

MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE

 

 

 

LIBBY COKER

 

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR CORANGAMITE