School community's united stand against school funding cuts
COFFS Coast parents will join others across the state as well as teachers and students in a protest on Sunday against the O'Farrell Government's education cuts.
The local Community Day of Action will be held at the Harbourside Markets.
Sally Bryant from the Coffs Harbour High School P & C said parents, students and teachers were united in their opposition to the $1.7 billion in cuts announced in September.
She said the proposed cuts would have a huge impact locally, including less support for children with autism and mental health issues, limited welfare assistance for difficult students, less support for teachers to implement the new national curriculum and limits to professional learning support.
"The extraordinary thing about this is the Gonski review - the most significant piece of research into school funding ever done in Australia - said public schools need more funding," Ms Bryant said.
"The State Government and the Minister for Education, Mr Piccoli, supported the Gonski review. How can they reconcile now by ripping $1.7 billion out of public education?
"What this will mean is that teachers will bear the burden of these essential services, which will have an impact on every child in every classroom enrolled in public schools."