Building The Education State At Carlton Primary School

The Andrews Labor Government’s first Education State Budget is rebuilding Carlton Primary School and giving its students the best start in life.

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today visited the school to officially announce the major redevelopment, which will see the creation of a brand new centre for early years and primary education.

The Labor Government’s first Budget included $1 million for the first stage of the rebuild. The remaining $9 million of the Government’s $10 million commitment to the school will be funded in future Victorian Budgets.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – it represents the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history.

It provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools – 25 of them in our fast-growing outer suburbs and 21 in regional Victoria.

It includes $120 million to build and upgrade Catholic and Independent schools across the state, matching dollar-for-dollar the non-government sector’s contribution.

The Budget will also fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“The Andrews Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State so that all children have access to high-quality schools regardless of their background and where the live.”

“We’re rebuilding Carlton Primary School and giving its students the safe, modern and comfortable classrooms that they need to learn.”

“This major investment will give students a state-of-the-art learning environment and teachers the facilities to continue providing a world-class education.”

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