School principals and council members recently had their say about the Baillieu Government’s savage cuts to public education at a forum held this week.

State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley hosted the forum with Victorian Labor Leader Daniel Andrews.

“Labor cares about education,” she said

“We are horrified by the savage cuts to the Education Maintenance Allowance, VCAL and TAFE,”

“Our dedicated school principals are doing their best to cope with the massive cuts to their budgets and had the opportunity to express their concerns to the Opposition Leader,”

“Mr Baillieu just does not care about our public schools.”

Since its 2011 Budget, the Baillieu Government has:

  • Cut $48 million from VCAL
  • Cut the $300 School Start Bonus
  • Cut the Education Maintenance Allowance for schools
  • Cut $290 million from TAFE
  • Withheld Federal Government literacy funding from public schools, while providing it to private schools

Ms Graley said that the savage cuts to education and training will add substantially to the record high youth unemployment rate in Victoria.

“The Baillieu Government’s record on education is a very sad story indeed,” she said

“The saddest part of these education cuts is that they send our young people straight to the unemployment queue.”