Talking School Funding at Croydon Special School
- Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations
- Member for Deakin
Parliamentary Secretary for School Education, Senator Jacinta Collins and Member for Deakin Mike Symon, will meet with students, teachers and parents of Croydon Special Developmental School to talk about school funding for students with disability and the recommendations of the Gonski Review.
"This visit to Croydon Special School is part of a series of events the Government is holding around Australia, as part of a nation-wide discussion on school funding reforms," Senator Collins said.
Mr Symon said the visits are a good opportunity to meet with teachers and parents and to hear their views on the education review which is focused on giving schools the funding they need to provide quality education.
"We’re keen to meet with local communities to discuss how our schools should be funded. I encourage teachers, parents and students to engage in this discussion and provide us with valuable feedback on these important reforms," Mr Symon said.
"No reform of this size and potential can be implemented without parents, teachers and principals having their say."
Senator Collins said the Gillard Government is working with the education community to test and refine the proposed new model, known as a Schooling Resource Standard (SRS). The proposed new model would include a base amount per student plus additional funding for students such as those with disability, and schools that need extra support.
"By working through the recommendations of the Gonski report in collaboration with the states, territories and non-government schools sectors, we aim to build a better school funding system that will help make every school a great school and give every Australian kid the very best start in life."
"We are committed to giving Australians with disability the same opportunities as every other citizen, including access to a great education, and participation in the workforce wherever possible.
"We’re making a real difference for families through our initiatives such as the $200 million More Support for Students with Disabilities program, the $220 million Helping Children with Autism program and the $147 million Better Start for Children with Disability program. We’re also developing the nation’s first National Disability Insurance Scheme."