LISTEN: How will Capricornia schools be funded?

AS A former school principal, Leisa Neaton knows the stress of prioritising programs and juggling education budgets.

But the Labor candidate for Capricornia is hoping to ease that strain for the region's teachers with a Bill Shorten-led government promising to boost school budgets by millions if elected.

LISTEN: Leisa Neaton speaks about Labor's education funding promise

 

 

Ms Neaton said under a Labor Government, Capricornia schools could expect an additional $31 million in the 2018-19 financial year.

Across Queensland, Ms Neaton said Labor would invest a total of $725 million.

Ms Neaton said both private and public schools would receive funding, benefiting every student in Capricornia.

The funding can be used by schools to tailor specific learning programs, targeting areas where students are struggling or falling below benchmarks.

Ms Neaton said this was designed to address learning gaps early, meaning children wouldn't move up to higher school grades with the same issues.

"We know from the research the earlier we intervene the better," she said.

"In some schools it might be an investment in speech therapy for example.

"In some schools it might mean an investment in a new phonetics program for students.

"In other schools it might be tailoring a new reading program.

"This extra funding allows teachers and principals to tailor the programs more specifically to individual student needs and to small groups of children and to be able to deliver the program as early as possible to be able to get the maximum outcome for all students."

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said the LNP Government was delivering $512 million to Capricornia schools between 2014 and 2017. 

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry Chris Ison Rokcriverbank

"We will build on that existing record base for federal funding from 2018, including an additional $908 million for Queensland schools which represents a 27.5% increase in funding," she said.

"Our growth means schools will be able to continue to support teachers and new or existing initiatives, such as specialist teachers or targeted intervention programs.

"We are taking an approach that will lift outcomes for individual students."



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