Federal Member for Aston Alan Tudge MP said a Coalition government will provide all local schools with funding certainty and honour all commitments for the next four years.
“Schools need certainty and so the Coalition will match the dollar-for-dollar commitments already made by the government to schools over the next four years”, said Mr Tudge.
“Local Knox schools will have funding certainty but without a Canberra takeover.”
The announcement by Tony Abbott means that if elected, a Coalition government will:
ensure Commonwealth schools funding committed by Labor for school year 2014 will flow to all states and territories irrespective of whether they have signed a deal with the Gillard or Rudd Government;
amend the Australian Education Act to ensure the states, territories and non-government sectors keep authority for their schools; and
match the Commonwealth funding for schools committed by Labor over the forward estimates.
“We will work co-operatively with the States and Territories to deliver a better education system.”
“I want schools to deliver better quality education through better teaching, better teachers, more community engagement, and more principal autonomy as well as through fair funding,” he said.