NSW public school teachers are sending a clear message to the O'Farrell government that they should rethink their Local Schools, Local Decisions policy, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye
Dr Kaye said: "Tens of thousands of teachers today sacrificed a day's pay to tell the O'Farrell government that they will not sit by while the public education system is vandalised.
"These are massive changes and they are poorly thought through.
"Education Minister Adrian Piccoli wants to dump responsibility for inadequate resources onto principals.
"The inevitable consequence will be school leaders making all the hard decisions and copping the community anger.
"Without any evidence, the O'Farrell government is reshaping education in NSW. The aim is to pare back spending of the public system and make principals bear all the blame.
"This scheme is all about cutting the budget. The number of lower-cost casuals will dramatically increase and parents will face the reality of their children being taught by a succession of temporary teachers.
"Today was a turning point in the debate. The massive turn out and the commitment of teachers to stop the system that supports their students being dismantled must give the O'Farrell government cause to think.
"Teachers are driven by their determination to protect their schools from an experiment that is certain to undermine student outcomes.
"The Greens congratulate the state's teachers and their unions for a strong commitment to public education.
"We will continue to challenge the O'Farrell government and demand they step back from the brink," Dr Kaye said.
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