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Feds should follow NSW’s lead: teachers

Saturday, 10th May, 2014

Local teachers have commended the State Government for maintaining its commitment to funding the full six years of the Gonski reforms.

The Federal Government had committed to four out of six years of Gonski, however more than two thirds of the funding is meant to be received during the last two years.

NSW Premier Mike Baird recently said that the NSW Government was committed to funding its portion for six years.

The NSW Teachers Federation claimed that Gonski would be particularly beneficial to the Far West because it favours disadvantaged schools.

Barrier Teachers Association President Maureen Clark called on the Member for Murray-Darling John Williams to lobby his federal counterpart to support six years of the program.

“Our local MP, John Williams, has supported our case in state parliament,” Mrs Clark said. “He knows how our remote area schools will particularly benefit. We need him to actively lobby Sussan Ley, the Federal member for Farrer, to ensure that all local schools receive the six-year funding deal.

“As Ms Ley is also the Assistant to the Federal Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, she should educate Mr Pyne on the benefits from full-funding that would flow to the schools in her electorate of Farrer.”

Gonski is set to begin in schools this year.

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