Public schools seek funds

THEIR school bus might have been small, but their message was unashamedly big.

The NSW Teachers’ Federation campaign van hit the Coffs Coast yesterday to promote a better deal for public schools.

Federation senior vice-president Joan Lemaire was at Boambee Public School encouraging the community to have its say on a federal review of schools funding.

“The review is asking people to look at current funding and how resources should be allocated to ensure every student can have a high-quality education,” Ms Lemaire said.

“We’re encouraging our public schools to tell the Federal Government what resources they need to make sure every student can achieve their full potential.

“This might mean additional support and additional teachers.”

Ms Lemaire said a national survey showed classes in NSW were much larger than in other states and territories.

“So if we had more funding for local public schools then they can have smaller class sizes and help students achieve much better learning outcomes.

“Essentially we believe the Federal Government at the moment provides too much funding to private schools so that you have a school like Cranbrook in Sydney that makes a surplus of $8 million and 42 per cent of that comes from federal funding.

“With even a couple of hundred thousand dollars local public schools could do a lot to improve the learning environment and give more support to the kids who need it most.

“Communities have an important voice and we need that voice stating what they believe their school needs and wants to help their children achieve their potential.”

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