All schools should be funded fairly based on the unique needs of each child. But because of changes by the Liberal-National government in Canberra, state schools are missing out on billions in urgently needed funding. Fair funding would mean: smaller class sizes, more one-on-one support, and additional teachers and support staff.
Aims of the campaign
2018 should have been a year of celebration for our schools with the biggest investment in schools in decades. But the Turnbull Government’s $500 million cut to Queensland schools will deny most of our children the benefits of this life changing assistance.
However, the Federal Government pushed through legislation last year which means the Commonwealth will provide 80% funding to private schools to meet the Schooling Resource Standard but only provide 20% of funding to public schools.
And they are giving hundreds of millions of dollars of capital funding to private schools but giving no capital funding to public schools that desperately need basic classroom building improvements.
We must stand up and demand fair funding now.
Fair funding now:
- for more teachers and support staff,
- for smaller classes,
- for more one-on-one individual support, and
- for upgraded classrooms and facilities.
Fair funding now for a fair go for all children. Are you in?I'M IN
Ballot results - Fair Funding Now!
For more details see QTU member newsflash 12-18, 27 June 2018
|Ballot summary (as at 22 June)||For||Against|
|1. THAT QTU members urge the Turnbull government to immediately reverse its $1.9 billion cut to state schools in 2018/19 and remove the 20 per cent cap on the Commonwealth Government contribution to the schooling resource standard (SRS) for state schools.||15,893 (99%)||140|
|2. THAT QTU members acknowledge the success of the Investing for Success (I4S) program and demand the Commonwealth and Queensland governments fund 100 per cent of the SRS to state schools by 2023.||15,854 (99%)||131|
|3. THAT QTU members call on the Turnbull government to contribute to capital funding for state schools’ facilities in Queensland||15,856 (99%)||114|
|4. THAT QTU members reiterate support for a ballot for industrial action to ban unacceptable or unsupported changes (such as a standardised phonics assessment for six-year old’s) that the federal government attempts to impose as part of funding arrangements.||15,560 (97%)||411 (2%)|
|5. THAT we the QTU members support the Change the Rules campaign to achieve: secure jobs for employees, better pay risings, a living wage – not just minimum wages, fair bargaining processes and enforceable rights for workers and their unions.||15,797 (98%)||200 (1%)|
Articles and documents
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Media release - Qld Education Minister: PM Morrison, don’t rob Peter to pay Paul
21 Sep 2018: Education Minister Grace Grace has called on the Federal Government not to turn its back on public schools, urging the PM not to rob Peter to pay Paul.21 September 2018 Read More
ACTU media release: Morrison must deliver fair funding to public schools
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