All aboard for Gonski

bus_2a.jpgThe Gonski campaign will step up tomorrow with the launch of a national bus tour aimed at getting the message to the community that Gonski is getting results, and that our kids can’t afford Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts.

It's crunch time for Gonski with a decision expected in April on whether the funding will continue beyond this year.

We need to remind Mr Turnbull that properly funding our schools is vital for Australia’s future and has strong community support.

Our two buses will be launched in Adelaide and Brisbane tomorrow and will be travelling across SA, Victoria, NSW and Queensland before arriving at Parliament House in Canberra on March 22nd.

Along the way they will visit schools, local politicians and community events and spread the word about the great results Gonski funding is delivering for our kids.

Schools are receiving more Gonski funding than ever in 2017, and delivering even more benefits to students. But with two-thirds of the extra funding schools need to be delivered in 2018 and 2019, we need the full six years of funding.

Losing it would be a disaster for schools, which would be unable to build on the success they are already achieving and ensure every student who needs support can get it.

Turnbull’s plan

Malcolm Turnbull has said he wants to do a deal on schools funding with the States at April’s COAG meeting with Premiers, yet there is still no concrete proposal on the table.

He still has not presented states or the public with the details of his alternative to Gonski, and he cannot tell us how a single school will be funded from next year.

All we know is that he wants to end needs-based funding and fail to honour Gonski agreements which would see schools deprived of $3.8 billion in resources in 2018 and 2019 alone.

It is hard to understand why Malcolm Turnbull can find $50 billion for a company tax cut, but can’t find the funding to give all our kids the chance of a good education.

State and territory governments have said they will not support Gonski cuts, and private school peak bodies have said publicly that it is too late for a new funding system to be in place by next year.

Campaign steps up

The bus tour will run alongside national TV, radio and digital advertising to tell the community what’s at stake. We’ll keep the pressure on state governments, as well as the Senate.

We know Gonski funding is delivering success in thousands of schools across Australia.

To tell these stories of success, the I Give a Gonski campaign has set up a new map page featuring these stories. Check it out to see what schools have done. You can even send us a story from your school.

Here’s a couple of examples.

Colac Primary School in regional Victoria: Has focused on lifting literacy through targeted interventions for Grade One students who are more than six months behind. Over 90 per cent of students who got support have experienced more than 12 months growth in the first year.

Berserker Street State School in Rockhampton has a highly disadvantaged student body, and has used its funding to drive a transformation of the school, with extra staff to work on-one-one with students, speech pathology and intensive support for the families of students. Results have improved and the school has become a magnet for parents of children with complex needs.

It’s schools like these, which educate students who need help the most, that will be hardest hit if we lose Gonski.

That’s why we need your help to convince Malcolm Turnbull to abandon his plans to cut Gonski.

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