Abbott breaks promise on school funding

Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare, today joined concerned teachers, parents and students at St Felix Primary School, Bankstown, to condemn the Abbott Government for breaking its election promise on school funding.

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“Before the election Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne said “You can vote Liberal or Labor and you’ll get exactly the same amount of funding for your school”.

“Only 10 weeks after they were elected the Abbott Government has broken this promise,” Mr Clare said.

“On Election Day mums and dads turned up to their local school and thought their school was going to get the same money regardless of who they voted for. Now they are not.

“Schools in NSW stand to lose more than $2 billion over the next six years.

“This is terrible news for our local schools and our local community.

“The original agreement meant on average an extra $1.5 million for every local school. This would have made a massive difference for children in our local area.

“This money was going to be used to help improve reading and writing, for specialist language teachers and to buy teaching resources and modern equipment.

“Cutting this money will mean larger class sizes, fewer teachers and fewer resources.

“This just shows that Tony Abbott doesn’t care about our local kids and can’t be trusted to do what he says he will,” Mr Clare said.

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