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Put Education 1st campaign blitz kicks off in Bentleigh

May 19, 2014News

Put Education 1st began its campaign blitz today, visiting schools in Melbourne’s southeast to raise awareness of the campaign among parents.

School staff joined AEU organisers outside school gates in Bentleigh to chat to parents about the issues for their local school and urge them to join the Put Education 1st campaign.

“We know parents are concerned about the State Government’s performance on education and their voices must be heard,” AEU Victorian branch president Meredith Peace said.

“Our recent statewide poll showed that one in three parents think this state government is having a negative impact on education.

“Over their current term, the State Government has made over $600 million in cuts to public schools.

“They keep talking about wanting to improve education, improve our schools, but have made cuts in critical areas such as literacy and numeracy programs, reading recovery, VCAL co-ordinators and regional support for schools.

“This has had a devastating impact on students and school communities across the state.

“Last week the Premier again failed to deliver a budget for public education and to date, has failed to come clean on the allocation of funding to Victorian public schools under the Gonski agreement.

“We need to send a clear message to the Premier that this is not acceptable and public education must be a key priority.

“Nearly one million parents will vote in the November State Election and they cannot be ignored,” Ms Peace said.