Tuesday, December 7, 2010

public education for our future

For the first time since 1973, the government is reviewing the way that it funds schools and is seeking community input.

This is your opportunity to have your say and help get a better deal for the millions of families who rely on our public schools, including everyone at Boonah State School.

More funding for public schools would mean smaller class sizes and more individual attention for students. It’s the best investment we could make for our future.

Did you know that currently public schools receive a fixed amount of around $1,000 per student each year, while private schools receive up to $7,000 per student, regardless of the school’s other income, its wealth or resources ? In total, private schools get two thirds of the money the federal government spends on schools, even though they only educate one third of students. If nothing is done to change this the public school share will fall even further.

We must move away from a system that puts private schools first and extends privilege rather than opportunity.

If you care about the education of our children and the quality of public education in Australia, and want to make a difference, please visit
www.forourfuture.org.au. it’s as easy as adding your name to the petition or writing a simple submission. Working together we can convince the politicians that their top priority should be investing more in our public schools and our children.

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