In 2017, the Turnbull Government’s school funding programs saw $17 billion wiped off of school budgets across Australia. Central Coast School public schools suffered the brunt of these cuts with more than $13 million taken out of local schools according the Government’s own figures.

Brisbane Water Secondary College (Umina and Woy Woy) suffered the most under the announcement with $1.8 million being removed from their books between 2018 and 2019.

Last year, representatives from BWSC Umina joined Labor Candidate for Robertson, Anne Charlton in protesting the cuts.Ms Charlton has again urged the Turnbull Government to restore the funding and invest in local schools.

Ms Charlton said “Last year, the Turnbull Government announced cuts worth millions of dollars for local schools whilst giving millionaires a tax break. This government is incredibly out of touch with our community.

“Every budget is about choices and this government has chosen to put our schools at the bottom of their list of priorities. These cuts mean fewer teachers, less resources and less one-on-one attention for our students.

“Labor is committed to the funding for all of our local schools and a Shorten Labor government will restore the $17 billion ripped out of school funding.

“We have some of the highest youth unemployment figures in the state at 18.6%. By restoring the funding, Labor will enable more local kids to receive fantastic education and the chance to get a great job later in life.”

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