Petition to the Hon. Nathan Morton, Member for Forrestfield – Put Forrestfield kids first and reverse Colin Barnett’s cuts to local schools.

We call on the Hon. Nathan Morton to publically support the reversal of funding and staffing cuts to local public schools in Forrestfield and raise this issue with his Government colleagues in Parliament.

The Forrestfield community is unhappy about the Liberal State Governments treatment of local public schools over the last two years. Under the Barnett Government, schools in Forrestfield have endured cuts to their budgets, reductions to education assistants and teaching staff, increased class sizes, fewer classroom resources and the loss of funding for specialist literacy and numeracy programs.

On average, funding across all Forrestfield schools has decreased by $194 per student since 2013. Some schools have been hit worse than others. For example, funding at Darling Range Sports College has decreased by $1,345 per student since 2013.

In a recent survey of over 2500 education workers, staff employed at local schools reported that class sizes had increased as a result of funding cuts to their school.

In the 2015/16 State Budget, a further $257 million over the next 4 years will be cut from the education budget under a new ‘workforce renewal’ policy which will replace retiring or resigning teachers at 90% of their wage, and other education workers at 60% of their wage. This will only make it tougher for schools in Forrestfield.

Your local Liberal Member of Parliament for Forrestfield, Nathan Morton, is part of the Barnett State Government that has prioritised luxury infrastructure projects at the expense of our public school students.

 

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