Charlestown schools almost $18 million worse off under Abbott

Member for Charlestown, 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.

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

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

Economic modelling provided by the NSW Teacher’s Federation showed that public schools in the Charlestown Electorate would be almost $18 million worse off after six years of an Abbott Government.

Warners Bay High School faces the largest 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.

Primary schools are also on the chopping block with Garden Suburb Public losing $359,151, Belair Public missing out on $924,290 and Eleebana Public’s budget missing $952,215.