JAMISONTOWN Public School parents and teachers have called on Lindsay Liberal candidate Fiona Scott to back the full Gonski education funding package.
The federal government’s agreement with NSW provides $5 billion extra schools funding for six years; $3 billion of it in the last two years.
But the federal Coalition is only guaranteeing Gonski’s funding for four years.
‘‘Full implementation of Gonski will attract $93.7 million to public schools in the Lindsay electorate over the next six years,’’ Jamisontown Public’s P&C vice-president Linda Everingham said.
‘‘However, by supporting the Abbott education plan Fiona Scott is committed to stripping $42.6 million allocated to public schools in her electorate.’’
Ms Everingham said her school had itself made submissions to the Gonski Review, when it was deciding how best to fund Australian schools.
The review recommended base amounts for each student, regardless of school, with extra funding allocated for students with extra needs.
Jamisontown Public School’s relieving principal, Kelly Sydney-Jones, said the full Gonski package would significantly benefit her school.
‘‘The funding model would enable the staff to best meet the learning needs of all pupils,’’ Mrs Sydney-Jones said.
‘‘We just want this certainty for our school community.’’
Teachers Federation western Sydney organiser Michael de Wall said Gonski should be above politics and both parties should support the entire package.
‘‘If Fiona Scott and Tony Abbott committed to delivering the full $93.7 million in the Lindsay electorate, our campaign here would be over,’’ Mr de Wall said.
The Star contacted Ms Scott for comment but got no response.