Many Cabramatta schools suffer as funding slashed

MORE than $360,000 in funding will be stripped from schools within the Cabramatta area after Premier Barry O'Farrell announced he would cut needs-based funding to 212 schools.

Twelve of our local schools felt the effects when they resumed school last week.

Schools hit the hardest with cuts were:

Canley Vale Public School ($48,767), Cabramatta West Public School ($47,895), Canley Vale High School ($47,520), Cabramatta High School ($47,100) and Canley Heights Public School ($43,629).

Cabramatta State Labor MP Nick Lalich is angry about the cuts and has organised a petition in protest.

Mr Lalich said district schools could not afford to have more than $360,000 slashed from their budgets.

"I'm urging local parents to join the fight and sign my petition to stop these funding cuts to our children's education," he said.

"This money is for hiring good teachers, buying school books and other classroom materials and maintaining facilities.

"The Gonski reforms were about giving more resources to students in greatest need.

"They were meant to help our kids, not leave them worse off."

A Department of Education and Training spokeswoman said less than 10 per cent of schools had had their funding cut.

"Some schools in the Fairfield area fall into this category," she said.

"Many of these schools have received very high level funding from multiple programs as they transition to the new model of funding."

Mr Lalich has challenged Mr O'Farrell to visit Cabramatta and justify the cuts.

Anyone who is interested in signing the petition call 9724 3381 or email Cabramatta@

parliament.nsw.gov.au.

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