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A brighter future for all schoolkids

Paul Penny, a deputy principal and dedicated dad, talks about what Labor’s National Plan for School Improvement will mean for students across the country.

I’m one of three deputy principals at a state high school, and I’ve got kids in both the state and private school systems. I reckon I’ve got a pretty good idea of how our education system works and the difference a well-resourced school can make to the lives of students.

I’m a passionate advocate for public schools, but it’s pretty clear to me that some schools are better off than others.  

That’s why Labor has a plan to boost funding to every school by $1.5 million over six years.  That’s an extra $4,000 per student.  

To put that it in real terms, with that kind of investment we could employ a full-time teacher, invest in extensive classroom resources and provide professional development and relief support.

Labor wants a resource standard set per student across our country. This means schools will be funded in a fair needs-based model, which is exactly how it should be.  

My kids are no more important than the kids I teach. All kids are different and all schools are different. Education should be the key to a bright future for everyone, no matter what school they go to.

This plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But we need to get the state and territory leaders on board with Labor’s plan.

Can you join me in signing this petition calling on the state and territory leaders to put our kids first?

Politics and kids are like oil and water; they don’t mix. This is bigger than politics, and I can’t think of anything more important than ensuring the future is bright for the future generations of Australians.

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