The O'Farrell government continues to keep parents and educators in the dark on whether cuts to special needs education funding and specialist teachers positions will be rolled out across NSW, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
Dr Kaye said: “Premier Barry O'Farrell continues to deny a roll-out of the Illawarra Trial despite mounting evidence that the Government is moving to remove specialist teacher positions and student funding.
"Last month the Premier signed up to a National Partnership which provided $48 million for online teacher training which is a key ingredient of the Illawarra Trial.
"Reports are streaming in from across NSW that special education teaching contracts are not being renewed and some schools are being provided with funding for only one term.
"Mr O'Farrell needs to come clean with parents and educators about the future of special education in NSW.
"The Premier told ABC radio this morning that I was 'lying' about the roll-out of the Illawarra Trial. The Premier is creating massive uncertainty with no regard for parents and educators who are already
feeling the effects of the Governments cost cutting.
"The Illawarra Trial appears to have been extended indefinitely. Classrooms in the Illawarra and South East region are being deprived of specialist teachers for mental health issues, learning difficulties,
autism and behavioural issues.
"The O'Farrell Government should be honest about its plans to implement the Boston Consultancy group recommendation to gut special education positions and funding in an effort to cut $100 million in spending.
"Parents and educators have met today to urge the O'Farrell government to come clean on the future of special education in NSW and back away from his plans for a state wide roll out of the Illawarra Trial” Dr Kaye said.