Chief Minister Gallagher has unleashed three education policies all in a row.
We have refurb money for older schools:
if re-elected ACT Labor will commit $70 million to create the best learning environments for students and teachers in our older schools.
We will provide $45 million to build a new Primary School at Coombs in the Molonglo Valley to be constructed over the next four years and undertake forward planning worth $2.3 million for a future Moncrieff primary school.
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ACT Labor will also continue to invest in our people, committing $4 million for professional development for our teachers to whom we entrust our children’s education.
Also money for disabilities and special needs:
if re-elected, ACT Labor will provide $10 million over four years to support students with learning disabilities, in both mainstream and special school environments.
And we will also provide more in-class support for teachers and students at risk by committing up to $12 million to maintain and expand the School Literacy and Numeracy Field Officer program.
And astronomy gets lumped in with tablets presumably because they’re sciencey and stuff:
If re-elected ACT Labor will fund $1.7 million for a student-focused Mt Stromlo Science Centre and Planetarium, to provide opportunities for students to connect to maths and science.
We will also increase the existing Secondary Bursary Scheme from $500 to $750 per student, per year to assist with the purchase of hand held or tablet devices.