HOW MANY CAKE STALLS DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD A STATE SCHOOL?
State school communities have always pulled together to fix the leaking roof, repaint classrooms, put in airconditioning – whatever it takes to keep kids learning in a safe and harmonious environment. Millions of chocolate crackles have been made and sold by parents and teachers working together to fund repairs to government owned and managed infrastructure.
While fetes and cake stalls are fun community events, they are not big enough money spinners to effectively cover the costs of maintaining and upgrading school buildings.
Historically, school infrastructure funding has been lacking in transparency around need, timing and outlay... this leaves schools unable to plan for the future, staff and parents spending far too much time applying (begging) for funding and in many cases in our electorate, poorly maintained and unsafe.
NESSA would like to see the state government working towards a greater transparency in how funding needs are assessed and budgeted for across state schools (and private schools, for that matter!) If schools knew where they were on the priority list and what that meant in terms of funding delivery time, they could actively plan for the future without the stress of also actively working to improve their chances of getting some (any!) funding.
Similarly, if funding decisions were removed from the political cycle so that how and when state schools receive funding wasn’t based on elections and voting patterns, hopefully all state schools would be better funded and more likely to stay up to date.
If you’d like to add your voice to ours, here are some things you can do:
- Download a template letter … contact a politician in the leadup to the State Election on November 24th
- Download a selfie sign … print it out, take a photo and post to our social media
- Download our infographic … you can print it out to put up at your school, in the local shops or to hand out to your friends, or just post it on your social media
- Like and follow us on social media … and keep us up to date with what’s happening at your state school