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    O'Farrell cuts funding for needy students

    Posted: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | By: John Robertson ,Carmel Tebbutt

    The NSW Labor Opposition today revealed the O'Farrell Government is slashing the funding for students with special needs in at least 272 schools across NSW – in a disgraceful move that will cut teacher's aide positions and specialist programs for students who need it most.

    Under the O'Farrell Government's Every Student, Every School policy, at least 272 schools will lose funding for students with special needs - from the beginning of term three this year.

    "Cutting the funding for special needs students in at least 272 schools across the State demonstrates just how callous and uncaring the O'Farrell Government is," Opposition Leader, John Robertson said today.

    "Under the O'Farrell Government, Guise Public School in Macquarie Fields will lose $118,000, Braddock Public School in Cranebrook will lose $94,000 and Alexandria Park Community School will see $74,000 cut.

    “I’ve spoken with school principals who say they will be forced to cut vital teacher's aide positions, reading recovery programs and other initiatives designed especially for students with disabilities and special needs.

    "The O'Farrell Government promised to improve our education system, but instead all we are seeing is a series of disgraceful funding cuts to students with disabilities and special needs."

    Shadow Education Minister, Carmel Tebbutt said: "Schools with special needs students right across the State will be forced to slash staffing positions and programs under the O’Farrell Government."

    “I’m concerned students with special needs will face being left behind because of the O’Farrell Government’s disgraceful funding cuts.

    “The last time the O'Farrell Government embarked on a major reform for students with special needs, we saw the disabled school transport disaster.

    “No student with special needs should be forced to lose specialist teaching support, but that is exactly what we are going to see under the O’Farrell Government.”

    See the full list of schools below.

    O'Farrell cuts funding for most needy students

    Tags: Carmel Tebbutt, disability, education, John Robertson, schools

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