Casey Schools ripped off by Mr Baillieu

State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley MP called on the
Baillieu Government to handover federal funding destined for Victorian public
schools thatachieved literacy and numeracy benchmarks in Parliament earlier this week.

Ms Graley said five local schools in the Narre Warren South electorate missed out on their fair share of $57.4 million provided by the Federal Labor Government based on improvement in key learning areas of literacy and numeracy.

“Kambrya College, Narre Warren South P-12 College, Lyndhurst College, Fountain Gate Primary School and Fountain Gate Secondary College have all had the funding they earned
pocketed by the Baillieu Government,”

“Students and teachers alike from these wonderful schools have worked so very hard to improve their literacy and numeracy, yet instead of being rewarded, they have been
ripped off by Mr Baillieu.”

Principal of Fountain Gate Primary School Jennifer Duggan said that although they had exceeded their targets they had received none of their reward funding.

“This meant that the successful project that generated the improved results had to be scrapped and other cut backs needed to be put in place,”

“To have significant success in a disadvantaged community and then be let down by the system breeds cynicism and disheartens the teachers who work every day to narrow the gap between the haves and have-nots.”

Ms Graley said that given the deep cuts we have already experienced in TAFE, VCAL and school funding, the Baillieu Government is clearly not using these funds for education.

 “It’s time for the Minister to come clean and tell us exactly what the Baillieu Government plans to do with the literacy and numeracy funding that rightly belongs to our local schools,”

“They worked exceptionally hard to earn this funding and they deserve to be rewarded for all their hard work.”