Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Gonski Review Backed

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Gonski Review Backed

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A NEW national campaign urging the Federal Government to legislate on the recomm-endations from the Gonski Review was launched this week.

The Australian Education Union says implementing recommendations would essentially mean an additional $1500 per public school student per year.

Called aI give a Gonskia, the new campaign involves grass roots community activity from teachers and par- ents and calls for legislation by year end.

Byron Bay High School principal Peter King said it could potentially mean an extra $1.2million for his school.

aWe've got 830 students and if we had an extra $1500 per student, there is a lot we could do,a he said.

aGeneral mainten- ance for the school for a start, because it's 25 years old now.

aWe could also employ additional staff.

Mr King said he was acautiously optimistica about the Gonski recommendations being taken on board by the Government.

aThis report needs to be acted on,a he said. …

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