Building The Education State In Boronia

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

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today visited the school to officially announce the $5.7 million modernisation project.

The $5.7 million funding, secured in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget, will rebuild and refurbish facilities throughout the school.

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

It also 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.

For Victoria to become the Education State, it is vital that all Victorians join in the Education State consultation and share their ideas and aspirations for our education system.

Head to www.educationstate.education.vic.gov.au to join in the conversation.

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 they live.”

“We’re rebuilding Boronia Heights 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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