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Labor back flip a win for rural communities.



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Labor back flip a win for rural communities

 

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 

Source: Bruce Scott MP

In a major back flip from the Rudd Government, distance education schools will now be included in the Primary Schools for the 21 Century funding program.

Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott said Labor’s exclusion of Schools of Distance Education and Schools of the Air from the funding program had led to an outcry from the Coalition and the parents and teachers of distance education students.

“Labor Education Minister Julia Gillard back flipped on the decision after the Liberal National Coalition last week challenged the Rudd Government to explain why these schools had been unfairly excluded from funding,” Mr Scott said.

“Last week I personally explained to the Education Minister that many distance education students travel hundreds of kilometres to a central school base to meet with their fellow classmates a number of times a year, making them as deserving of adequate learning facilities as their metropolitan counterparts.

“This is a major win for the Coalition and the communities of distance education schools, who were not prepared to back down from this unfair decision,” he said.