Australia: Educators’ campaign for public schools’ fair funding

The Australian Education Union is demanding that public schools are properly resourced by public authorities with the launch of a new phase of its schools funding campaign – “Fair Funding Now”

The Fair Funding Now Initiative launched by the Australian Education Union AEU on 27 March in Canberra comes follows the governmentrsquos A19 billion cut to public schools in 2018 and 2019 While 2018 ldquoshould have been a year of celebration for our schools with the biggest investment in schools in decades hellip the Turnbull Governmentrsquos A19 billion cut will deny most of our children this life-changing assistancerdquo said AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe Embedding inequality Haythorpe stated ldquoThe Government changed the law to permanently embed inequality into Australian schools nbspEighty-seven per cent of public schools will be funded below the agreed Australian funding standard while 65 per cent of private schools will receive more than the agreed standardrdquo She added that ldquothe Commonwealth Government provides a capital works fund of 19 billion for private schools but not to public schools that desperately need basic classroom-building improvementsrdquo A fair go for all children ldquoFor our children39s sake we must stand up and demand fair funding now Fair funding now for more teachers and support staff for smaller classes for more one-on-one individual support and for upgraded classrooms and facilities Fair funding now for a fair go for all childrenrdquo Haythorpe concluded AEU launched its new campaign name ndash Fair Funding Now ndash at a meeting with principals and parents from throughout Australia It wants political leaders to hear and understand the importance of public school funding to the community nbspAEU Demands Australian educators and civil society are asking federal politicians to commit to - Reverse the Turnbull governmentrsquos A19 billion cut to public schools in 2018 and 2019 - Ensure all public schools are funded to 100 per cent of the Schooling Resource Standard SRS by 2023 - Remove the 20 per cent cap on the Commonwealth share of the SRS from the Australian Education Amendment Act - Establish a capital fund for public schools to upgrade school buildings and classrooms - Reverse the cuts to disability funding nbsp Learn more about the Fair Funding Now campaign here

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