The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) would like to take this opportunity on Public Education Day to congratulate the thousands of Public Education communities for the work they do in building our nation. “Teachers, support staff, parents, students and the wider community should celebrate today their great achievements. Our Public Education system is the foundation on which we build this great nation” states Peter Garrigan, President.
Reflecting on last night’s Public Education forum in Canberra, Mr Garrigan says “It was heartening to hear the Minister Peter Garrett say last night that it is every child’s right to a quality education. ACSSO agrees completely with this statement and as an organisation we are committed to see Gonski’s recommendations move swiftly to a new funding model that will be more transparent and fairer. This will go a long way to providing every child access to that equitable start in life they richly deserve”
“We were extremely pleased to hear that government is working towards legislation in 2012. We also acknowledge Senator Christine Milne’s commitment of the Greens support for this”
The report released yesterday authored by Jim McMorrow, The 2012 Federal Budget: implications for public schools, estimates a loss in real terms of $673 million per year to Public Schools should this current model continue.
“Disappointingly but predictably, opposition spokesman, Christopher Pyne whilst congratulating the Public Education system, announced that if the Coalition was to win the next election the current funding model would be retained, he believes this is supporting parental choice.”
“Dr Ken Boston called for an independent National School Resourcing Body; to frame up and unpack the detail for a new funding model, alleviating the fears and scaremongering currently being touted”
“Minister Garrett stated ‘real choice is about a vibrant Public Education system – appropriately funded’. ACSSO believes 2012 is the time to act to ensure that this is a reality”