Labor candidate Jess Jennings has assured that his party would inject more than $24 million into public schools in the Calare electorate if elected, including $4.4 million for those in the Mid-Western Region.
The announcement of funding is the first major election promise from Mr Jennings, who confirmed this week that he would be the Labor candidate for the 2019 federal election.
“Labor has committed, if it wins the next election, $24,520,000 just for public schools in Calare,” he said.
“That's additional funding and it's over three years, so the funding for this would start to flow on January 1, 2020.
“It's obviously the full Gonski funding, that is reversing the cuts that the coalition put in place in the last five years.”
Of the funding, $2,870,000 would go to the schools that fall under the 2850 postcode, $800,000 will go to the 2852 postcode, and $730,000 in the Rylstone/Kandos area.
Mr Jennings said that what he was most proud of was that the funding would increase fairness and reduce the inequality between country and metropolitan students.
“Country schools need stronger funding in order to be able to have the students access the equivalence of services,” he said.
Each school would get a different amount, which Mr Jennings said would have been determined by the size of the school and the needs of its students.
“For any kids that have any learning issue needs, this is what this money can be spent on and it’s needs-based to the students, so schools can tailor their educational needs packages to what a student requires,” he said.
Mr Jennings added that the extra funding would ensure that every student in Australia had better access to education, regardless of location or socioeconomic status.
Nation-wide, Labor would be putting $14 billion of additional funding into public schools.
Every child would receive 15 years of quality schooling from three and four-year preschool to Year 12, which would ideally be followed by “excellent” TAFE and university opportunities.
What’s promised to Mid-Western Region schools
- Mudgee High School - $1,220,000
- Mudgee Public School - $810,000
- Cudgegong Valley Public School - $610,000
- Gulgong Public School - $390,000
- Gulgong High School - $380,000
- Kandos High School - $360,000
- Kandos Public School - $260,000
- Rylstone Public School - $110,000
- Hargraves Public School - $50,000
- Ilford Public School - $50,000
- Lue Public School - $50,000
- Ulan Public School - $40,000
- Goolma Public School - $30,000
- Hill End Public School - $20,000
- Wollar Public School - $20,000