Liberals' Fiona Scott rejects criticism of Coalition's education policy

TEACHERS from the Lindsay electorate have demanded Liberal candidate Fiona Scott fully back the federal government’s Gonski education funding.

Nepean Teachers Association president Sarah Willett wrote to Ms Scott, seeking an urgent meeting.

‘‘Will you guarantee that public schools in the Lindsay electorate attract the full $93.7 million of additional funding over six years as prescribed in the agreement between the federal and state governments?’’ Ms Willett said.

‘‘Will you support and maintain the Australian Education Bill as the legislative framework that underpins the new needs-based funding model?’’

NSW Teachers Federation president Maurie Mulheron said the Coalition’s education policy would cut $3 billion from the $5 billion promised to NSW in the Gonski agreement.

He said this meant schools in Lindsay would lose $42.6 million in projected funding.

‘‘As it stands the Abbott education plan cuts-short the six-year deal by two years, stripping $3 billion from the deal,’’ Mr Mulheron said.

‘‘It also reopens the Australian Education Bill, threatening the legislative framework that underpins the new needs-based funding model.’’

Ms Scott said a Coalition government would provide Australian schools, teachers, students and their parents with ‘‘the funding certainty they deserve’’.

‘‘The Coalition will match dollar-for-dollar commitments made by the government to schools over the next four years,’’ she said.

‘‘Not even Labor is committed to funding years down the track because it isn’t included in the budget, it is off in the never never.’’

She said the Labor government had promised things that were never delivered, but a Coalition government would keep its commitments.

Ms Scott did not respond to calls for a meeting with the Nepean Teachers Association.

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