Baird’s schools all style, no substance

Public schools in the Charlestown Electorate are almost $18 million worse off under an Abbott Government.

Member for Charlestown, Jodie Harrison, has labelled Mike Baird’s funding for school entrances as “all style, no substance’.

“The high school teachers I speak with are worried about cuts to support teachers, aging buildings and the massive cuts to TAFE which limit their student’s options for ongoing education” Ms Harrison said.

“Having previously cut $1.7 billion from the education budget, including $800 million from TAFE, a few dollars for a new front gate is insulting.” Ms Harrison said.

“Mike Baird is more interested in the façade of a school than in the learning happening inside the classroom” Ms Harrison said.

Jodie Harrison has called on Premier Mike Baird to stand up to Tony Abbott and his cuts to school funding under changes to the Gonski Funding Model.

Labor has committed $100 million to upgrade outdated demountables to ensure learning spaces are compatible with the 21st century technology students will be using.

“Parents rightly expect the government to support kids as they learn, but budget cuts from Tony Abbott and Mike Baird put at risk the 21st century education that today’s students need.” Ms Harrison said.

Public schools in the Charlestown Electorate are almost $18 million worse off under an Abbott Government.

“Mike Baird won’t stand up to Tony Abbott. He puts his friendship with Tony Abbott ahead of NSW schools.” Ms Harrison said.

Warners Bay High School faces the largest Federal Government cut, missing out on $2,896,804 due to the funding changes.

“Imagine the number of teacher’s aides, specialist equipment or sporting programs that schools miss out on under these cuts. Mike Baird needs to stand up for NSW schools.” Ms Harrison said.