Teachers and candidates support Gonski funding

THE Federal Labor Government's commitment to Gonski education funding reforms received wide support at an education forum held in Ipswich yesterday.

Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) put on the Blair election candidates forum with stakeholders across the education spectrum.

Palmer United Party's Anthony Stanton, Greens candidate Clare Rudkin and Labor's Shayne Neumann were the only candidates from Blair to attend.

The LNP's Teresa Harding said she was unable to attend owing to a previous commitment to a business owner.

QTU branch president Steve Leese said teachers backed Gonski reforms.

"The teachers can see what is needed in education and they can look into their crystal ball and see what the extra funding does," he said.

"We've got teachers who come from national partnership schools in the Ipswich area who have benefited significantly from additional funds.

"They have seen huge improvements academically, in behaviour and in attendance and how schools have been able to provide extra support for staff and students."

Mr Leese said all three candidates had education as a high priority, although Ms Rudkin wanted to see more done.

"The Greens think there needs to be more money put into education than what Labor is suggesting," he said.

TAFE teachers also voiced their concerns about State Government cuts to the sector.



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