Langbroek Denies School Budget Cuts

Suspected budget cuts to Queensland state schools flagged by the Queensland Government, has caused uncertainty for parents, said acting opposition education spokeswoman JoAnn Miller.

The memo, dated August 8, 2012, proposed cuts of 55 of the state’s 1240 schools.

Ms Miller says the speculation could create uncertainty for parents looking to enrol or re-enrol their children at these schools.

“They’re putting developers’ profits before the education of school children, and that’s about as low as any government can go,” she said.

However, Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek has denied reports that schools are under direct threat for the sake of a $17 million saving, saying no final figure has been confirmed.

“That list of 55 is just something the [education] department came up with,” Mr Langbroek said.

“We are still coming to that final determination.”

The concern of school land being designated to residential development is shared by Fortitude Valley State School P&C Association president David Brassill.

“I think it would be very short-sighted to go ahead and sell the school to recoup some money, and not forward think about how you’re going to educate those students in the area that have a need,” Mr Brassill said.

The finalised memo is yet to be published.




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