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Penrith principals discuss school funding with David Bradbury MP


Penrith Principals News Story
Federal Member for Lindsay David Bradbury MP listens to the concerns of local schools.

Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury MP, has met with Catholic, state and independent primary and secondary school principals at St Nicholas of Myra Primary School in Penrith on Wednesday 17 October to discuss school funding concerns.

Principals, on behalf of their primary and secondary school communities, used the opportunity to state their opposition to the State Government’s plan to cut $1.7 billion from school funding and seek clarity from the Federal Government about its ongoing support.

In his discussion with principals, Mr Bradbury said the Australian Government is committed to delivering the Gonski recommendations and increasing their investment in education.

Anne Hines, principal of St Nicholas of Myra Primary School, said she appreciated the opportunity to discuss education issues with her federal member.

"It was a genuine and open forum," Anne said.

"David was willing to listen to all principals and assistant principals from all sectors as to how they were feeling about the State government’s move to cut school funding."

Richard Blissenden, principal of Corpus Christi Primary School, Cranebrook, said it was important to share the concerns of his school community.

"I have many parents who’ve told me that although they don’t usually speak out on issues, they felt compelled to approach their local member on this issue because education is so important," Richard said.

"David said he would take our concerns back to the Federal Education Minister Peter Garrett MP, and present them at the Council of Australian Government’s meeting."

Whilst the Federal Government has said there will be no decrease in school funding, it remains unclear how schools will be funded beyond 2014.

Read full story at the Catholic Education, Diocese of Parramatta site


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