Coalition Wrong On Students With Disabilities

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30 July, 2010

Coalition Wrong on Students with Disabilities

The Australian Education Union said the Coalition was clearly blinded by ideology in

education and had chosen the wrong approach in its new policy on students with a


AEU Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos said that instead of a long-term strategy

to provide adequate teaching resources and programs for students with a disability

Mr Abbott would hand out individual vouchers to a tiny proportion of students.

“This is clearly a case of right problem, wrong approach. Funding for special

education remains woefully inadequate,” Mr Gavrielatos said.

“Productivity Commission data shows that in 2008 eight out of ten students with

disabilities and special needs attended public schools.

“What public schools need is a sustained increase in funding for additional teachers,

extra training, student support services and programs that will improve the education

of all students with a disability.

“Instead Tony Abbott has promised a per student voucher which would mean school

funding would be cut or increased each year depending on the number of students.

“The plan is also woefully inadequate given only 6,000 out of the almost 160,000

students with disabilities will benefit.

“Vouchers in education are a failed right wing experiment from America. The

Coalition has put ideology and the wishes of the private school lobby before the

needs of students.

Mr Gavrielatos said the policy was the latest disappointment from the Coalition

whose major commitment in education so far has been to cut $3 billion in spending

and cut the public school share of federal funding.

“Mr Abbott will make it harder for public schools to educate all children, including

those with a disability,” he said.

More information:

Angelo Gavrielatos                  

AEU Federal President

0488 012 045

Mark Robinson

Communications & Campaign Coordinator

0403 043 151

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