Baillieu Government refuses to release school cash

The Baillieu Government has refused repeated calls from schools, MPs and the community to release literacy and numeracy funding owed to local schools, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

Schools across Victoria, including Kambrya College and Fountain Gate Secondary College, are owed reward funding for meeting literacy and numeracy targets following a bilateral agreement between the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments in 2009.

Ms Graley said that despite the Commonwealth paying the money to the Baillieu Government, it is being withheld in Treasury.

“Kambrya College and Fountain Gate Secondary College invested their reward funding in more literacy and numeracy programs in 2011 on the understanding that they will receive their funding, but have now found that the Baillieu Government has left them hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket,” she said

“Even after repeated calls to the Minister for Education to release the funds, he has repeatedly refused to do so.”

In his most recent letter to Ms Graley, the Minister for Education Martin Dixon would not commit to granting schools the funds owed to them, instead stating: “The Victorian Government is currently considering how to best utilise these funds in the context of the State Budget.”

Ms Graley said the Minister’s response was typical of a government that does not value education.

“The Minister continues to disrespect our teachers and students by cutting funding in areas that include literacy, numeracy and VCAL,” she said

“The Baillieu Government must end its vendetta against public education.”