Community Rallies to Save Disability Support at Dulwich High

Rally against disability funding cuts

Cameras film speakers at rally against disability funding cuts at Dulwich Hill

On Sunday Greens Council candidate Melissa Brooks joined with local residents to protest state government cuts to support students with disability. The changes will have a severe impact on local schools. Dulwich High will lose $44,000, with thousands more lost from Marrickville West Primary, Lewisham Primary, St Peters Primary and Newtown Primary.

“These are cruel cuts that hurt some of the most vulnerable people in our community” Ms Brooks said.

“Sadly, the O’Farrell Coalition Government has picked up where the Labor Government left off: cutting funds from public education.

“Today we stand here in solidarity with our local community. We join thousands of parents around the state to demand quality education for all our children.”

The cuts mean reductions in the number of hours children with autism and other disabilities will receive with specialist teachers aides. The cuts affect 272 schools across NSW.

“Every day in my work I see the result of people falling through the cracks of our education system” said Ms Brooks, who is also employed as a community worker.

“These cuts might look like they save money, but in the long run they cost millions more in social services, police and prisons. That’s not to mention the anguish to individuals, families and communities. It makes no sense.”

For more information and to support the community campaign go to: http://supportourkids.wordpress.com/affected-schools/

Contact:         Greens Candidate for West Ward Melissa Brooks 0403 831 066

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