Australia gives a Gonski – Time for politicians to act
Parents, teachers and principals across the country will be taking part in a national day of action to urge politicians to commit to boosting resources for schools and funding reform.
As part of I Give A Gonski campaign day on July 24 schools and parents will take part in a range of activities including morning teas with local MPs, coordinated phone-ins to politicians’ offices and online action. Nearly 30,000 people have pledged their support for the Gonski review recommendations already on www.igiveagonski.com.au.
Commissioned by the Federal Government, the Gonski review of school funding found Australia is investing far too little in education and recommended an urgent overhaul of the way schools are funded. Gonski recommends a $5 billion (in 2009 value) annual increase in school funding, equivalent to an average boost of $1500 per student for public schools.
“The time for talking is over and now parents and teachers just want to see action from our politicians,” said Australian Education Union Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos.
“We need a commitment to the funding and to passing legislation this year that will make Gonski law.”
“Now is the time for politicians to show their support for local children and local schools by publicly supporting action on the Gonski Review.
“Implementing the Gonski Review recommendations would give schools the additional resources they need to lower class sizes, employ specialist teachers in areas like literacy and numeracy and provide extra support for students with higher needs.”
I give a Gonski posters and other resources can be downloaded from www.igiveagonski.com.au.
More information: AEU Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos 0488 012045 or Erin Farley 0404 864593