Petition to the Hon. Peter Abetz, Member for Southern River – Put Southern River kids first and reverse Colin Barnett’s cuts to local schools.

We call on the Hon. Peter Abetz to publically support the reversal of funding and staffing cuts to local public schools in Southern River and raise this issue with his Government colleagues in Parliament.

The Southern River community is unhappy about the Liberal State Governments treatment of local public schools over the last two years. Under the Barnett Government, schools in Southern River 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 Southern River schools has decreased by $305 per student since 2013. Some schools have been hit worse than others. For example, funding at Huntingdale Primary School has decreased by $553 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 Southern River.

Your local Liberal Member of Parliament for Southern River, Peter Abetz, 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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