BEREJIKLIAN FAILS TO STAND UP FOR NSW SCHOOLS: SOME TO LOSE MILLIONS

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian has broken her promise to ensure her federal Liberal colleagues honour the so called Gonski funding agreement, costing some NSW schools millions of dollars in funding.

The Federal Liberal Government will cut funding to almost every NSW public school, according to figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws released by the NSW Teachers Federation today.

Under Ms Berejiklian’s watch the Federal Liberal Government is being allowed to slash more than $846 million, due to be delivered in 2018-19, from public schools right across NSW.

This is despite her promise in January to “make sure the federal government sticks to all of its commitments in relation to Gonski”.

150 schools across the State will have their funding slashed by more than $1 million over the next two years. Chifley College in Mount Druitt fares the worst, standing to lose a staggering $5.9 million (see table).

Schools in Coalition electorates are not safe; the Nationals held seat of Barwon is facing the highest overall cuts, with a colossal $23 million to be wiped from the budget of its schools (see table).

In fact, the new school funding plan will deliver $400 million less to public schools in regional NSW.

In NSW Parliament today, the Premier failed to say how she will make up this serious shortfall and fill the void of money left from this broken commitment.

Now Premier Berejiklian must assure students, parents and teachers that they won’t miss out as a result.

Quotes Attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“This is a Premier whose allegiance is to the Liberal Party – not to the people of NSW.

“Now the Premier needs to tell the people of NSW what her Plan B is and how her Government will make up the shortfall.

“Schools in Regional NSW will be $400 million worse off, but we haven’t heard a peep from the Nationals.”

Quotes Attributable to Shadow Education Minister Jihad Dib

“On her first day Ms Berejiklian said she was the ‘strongest supporter of Gonski’ – but it’s obvious she didn’t fight too hard for it.

“These funding cuts will be devastating to students, teachers and parents right across NSW.

“Everybody expects that when there’s a signed contract – that it will be adhered to but now NSW schools are $846 million worse off.”