Minister Visits Gladstone Park Primary School

 Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Sunbury Josh Bull today visited Gladstone Park Primary School to tour the school and meet staff and students.

The school is set for a boost next year as it will receive $502,579 in equity funding, up from $300,813 this year. This increase is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State commitment to provide an extra $566 million to help schools and students most in need to break the cycle of disadvantage.

Altogether, the 2015-16 State Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history.

The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools.

It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has access to great local schools and every child gets the chance to succeed.

“Gladstone Park Primary School is a great example of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential.”

Quote attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull

“Gladstone Park Primary school is a terrific school that helps local students to be the best they can be. This additional funding will help support teaching and learning at the school.”

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