Petition to the Hon. Colin Barnett, Premier and Hon. Peter Collier, Minister for Education – Put our kids first and reverse Colin Barnett’s cuts to local schools.

We call on the Hon. Colin Barnett and Hon. Peter Collier to reverse their education cuts and adequately fund our public schools, so they can continue to provide all children with a quality education.

The Western Australian community is unhappy about the Liberal State Governments treatment of local public schools over the last two years. Under the Barnett Government, schools in WA 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.

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 Belmont.

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