Posted by on 12 May, 2017
NEWCASTLE TO LOSE $5M

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has broken her promise to ensure her Federal Liberal colleagues honour the so- called Gonski funding agreement, costing Newcastle schools thousands of dollars in funding.

The Federal Liberal Government will cut funding to almost every NSW public school, according to figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws released by the NSW Teachers Federation.

Under Ms Berejiklian’s watch the Federal Liberal Government is being allowed to slash more than $846 million, due to be delivered in 2018-19, from public schools right across NSW. 

This is despite her promise in January to “make sure the federal government sticks to all of its commitments in relation to Gonski”.

Newcastle will have a massive $5,394,517 wiped from the budget of its schools.

This includes $673,301 less for Lambton High and $618,677 less for Hunter School of Performing Arts.

In NSW Parliament this week the Premier failed to say how she will make up this serious shortfall.

Now Premier Berejiklian must assure students, parents and teachers of Newcastle that they won’t miss out as a result of this broken promise.

Quotes Attributable to Member for Newcastle

“As the father of four young children I am very disappointed in this Government’s commitment to Gonski”

How can the Premier praise the federal government for its education funding, when schools in Newcastle will be over $5M worse off over the next two years?

“Everybody expects that when there’s a signed that it will be adhered to, but now Newcastle schools are more than $5M worse off.” 

 

HIGHEST CUTS TO NEWCASTLE SCHOOLS

School

2018 and 2019 cuts ($)

Adamstown Public School

-181,632

Carrington Public School

-85,025

Fern Bay Public School

-28,639

Hamilton North Public School

-110,189

Hamilton Public School

-191,542

Hamilton South Public School

-273,121

Hunter School Of Performing Arts

-618,677

Islington Public School

-201,769

Lambton High School

-673,301

Mayfield East Public School

-273,460

Mayfield West Public School

-333,711

Merewether Heights Public School

-195,373

Merewether High School

-540,451

Newcastle East Public School

-145,126

Newcastle High School

-726,889

Stockton Public School

-232,553

The Junction Public School

-369,634

Tighes Hill Public School

-213,425

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