NSW IS THE LAGGARD NOT THE LEADER ON EDUCATION SPENDING, NEW FIGURES SHOW

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NSW is allocating less on education as a percentage of its budget than any other state, robbing the state’s children to the tune of $3.3 billion a year, an analysis of state budgets by the NSW Labor Opposition has found.

Contrary to claims by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her Education Minister Rob Stokes that they are spending record levels, education’s share of the budget in NSW is a touch over 20 per cent. 

NSW’s budget on education is far behind the average spend of other states, currently 24.6 per cent of their budgets.

NSW would need to spend an extra $3.3 billion a year on education to keep up with the other states’ spending levels.

NSW needs to find 170,000 new school places in the next 15 years but in the six and a half years since the Liberal-Coalition Government has taken office, it has closed more schools than opened by a factor of 2.5.

Since 2011 the Liberal-National Government has opened 14 schools but closed 36, according to research compiled by the NSW Parliamentary Library.

NSW has robbed schoolchildren of the valuable funds needed to ensure the education infrastructure and standards keep up with demand.

It has blown almost $20 billion ($8 billion on the blowout alone) on the WestConnex toll road and yet it is denying billions of dollars in funding NSW’s schools.