Media release: 19 August 2012
Both the O'Farrell and Gillard governments are pushing policies that will devastate public schools while the Gonski review's promise of a $5 billion boost to education funding is rapidly becoming a political orphan, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
Dr Kaye said: "The O'Farrell government is trying to dump responsibility for decades of inadequate funding onto school principals, while Prime
Minister Julie Gillard wants to punish schools that serve disadvantaged communities.
"Neither level of government is prepared to stump up the additional funding that public schools so desperately need to reduce class sizes and allow teachers to develop their professional practice.
"Both the state Coalition and federal Labor are trying to impose corporate models onto public schools.
"Importing failed ideologies from the USA and the UK will squander the legacy of a quality public education system that ensures every class is taught by a qualified teacher.
"Public schools do not need to bribed, threatened, shamed or bullied into preforming better.
"If Mr O'Farrell or Ms Gillard wants to help, they should provide additional funds to support early career teachers and allow teachers time to work together on improving teaching and learning.
"Punishing schools that struggle will inevitably result in a downward spiral in educational outcomes.
"It might sound smart in Canberra or New York but it wont work in the tougher areas of NSW," Dr Kaye said.
For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455