Vic parents say federal Budget hampers parental choice

Parents concerned

The Victorian Catholic Schools Parent Body (VCSPB) is concerned that the the federal Budget will impact low-income and disadvantaged families.

In a statement released yesterday, Tracey O’Neill, Chair of VCSPB, said although it welcomed the Budget announcement of funding certainty to 2017 for education, 'the case remains to secure fairer funding for Catholic schools as well as all students with disability and other special needs.'

'The VCSPB supports parent choice in our children’s education and high quality education in Catholic schools. Our concerns are heightened as the Budget impacts on family spending and decision-making about schooling, especially for our low-income and disadvantaged families. 

'The tying of Commonwealth funding for government and non-government schools from 2018 onwards to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is of concern. It will result in the true costs of schools and the needs of our children not being met,' said Ms O’Neill.

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Parents choice hampered by Government Budget