BUDGET REALITY – NAPTHINE SET TO CUT SCHOOL MUSIC FUNDING

Posted on 08. May, 2014 in News

Denis Napthine is set to cut music in schools.

Victorian schools that run strong instrumental music programs are fearful of losing funding and told the Education and Training Committee that more funding was needed, not a cut in current funding for music programs.

Whilst the committee recommended start-up grants for schools to establish instrumental music programs (recommendation 13), the Napthine Government is instead looking at redistributing funds away from those schools that already receive funds (response to recommendation 13 and 14).

Quotes attributable to Mr Brooks:

“Denis Napthine has our most successful school music programs in his sights.”

“Instead of supporting music education, the Napthine Government has announced this review to cut from the successful instrumental music program.”

“Denis Napthine must guarantee that no school will be worse off as a result of his review.”

Key Facts

• The Education and Training Committee report represented 12 months of research and extensive consultation throughout the music education and broader community.
• The Committee Chair, Liberal MP, David Southwick stated in parliament this week that: “Music plays an important part in our lives. Victoria has a huge music industry and a great reputation in music. We need to ensure that we protect that and offer as much opportunity as possible to young people in developing their music careers.”
• The Napthine Government abandoned Labor’s plan to renovate, rebuild or modernise every Victorian government school.
• The Napthine Government has only spent a statewide average of $278 million a year on capital works whilst cutting $826 million from Victoria’s educational system.
• Many projects were abandoned by the Liberals halfway through rebuilding and schools don’t have the funds to finish the job.

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