Every child in Victoria will have a better education with Labor's Your Child. Our Future plan for Australia's schools announced by Bill Shorten.
Critically, Labor will fund the final years of the existing school funding agreements and reverse the Government's cuts to education, meaning Victorian students would benefit from an extra $960 million in targeted Federal investment in the 2018-19 school years.
Shadow Minister for Education, Kate Ellis, said that Victorian students deserve an education system which gives them the individual support they need to reach their full potential, and only Labor had a plan to do this.
"With Labor's Your Child. Our Future needs-based funding plan, Victorian students will be given better targeted resources, better trained teachers, and more of the one-on-one support we know makes a real difference to learning outcomes," Ms Ellis said.
"Your Child. Our Future puts evidence and transparency at the heart of school funding, meaning that parents can have confidence that school funding is actually making a difference to student results.
"This won't be a blank cheque - Federal Labor expects that the Victorian Government honour their funding obligations in accordance with existing agreements."
Shadow Assistant Minister for Education, Amanda Rishworth said that the future of our economic and social prosperity relied on investing in a strong education system.
"If Victorian students are to have the skills they need for the future economy, they need investment, not cuts. Only Labor has a plan for the future of Victorian schools, including the $960 million investment over two years announced today," Ms Rishworth said.
"Malcolm Turnbull's school cuts are the equivalent of sacking one in seven teachers - they will lock in inequality and an uncertain future for every Victorian school.
"Ensuring Australia's workforce is ready for the jobs of the future begins in schools - Your Child. Our Future will build the education system our children, and our nation, need."
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE
THE HON AMANDA RISHWORTH MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR KINGSTON