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SA schools already struggling should not face further budget cuts

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MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday, 6 December 2016

SA schools already struggling should not face further budget cuts

The Australian Greens have expressed fears for the future of public education after it was revealed today many Adelaide high schools are struggling to pay the bills.

“If South Australian high schools have to cut courses and teaching staff to keep their buildings up to scratch, something is very wrong with the way schools are funded. What is happening in Adelaide is telling of the scarcity of funding across the board for Australian schools,” Greens education spokesperson Senator Hanson-Young said.

“While our schools struggle to pay for the basics, Malcolm Turnbull is striding toward an education funding cliff in 2018 with little regard to those already doing it tough.

“In South Australia, Gonski funding was aggressively backdated to the final years of the deal in 2018 and 2019. If Malcolm Turnbull is allowed to rip that deal to pieces at the end of 2017, it will be a disaster for our state.

“Teachers and schools in South Australia can’t continue to do more with less.

“We need to focus on delivering the genuine needs based funding that will allow Australian children to get the education that they deserve in schools that don’t have to scrimp and save to keep the lights on.”

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