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Newcastle’s public schools will benefit from a massive $14 billion investment in school funding promised by Federal Labor today.

Federal Member for Newcastle Sharon Claydon said the funding would repair the damage done by cuts to Newcastle schools levied under the Turnbull Government.

“The Federal Government abandoned signed contracts with the New South Wales Government. This resulted in $14.5 million worth of cuts to Newcastle schools – or an average of $350,000 per school over 2017 and 2018,” Ms Claydon said.

“These cuts have meant fewer teachers, less individual attention and less support to help kids achieve their potential.

“Labor’s record investment is equivalent to hiring 13,000 extra teachers or 23,000 more teachers’ aides across the country.”

Ms Claydon said that two-thirds of students in Australia attend public schools.

“Public schools have borne the burden of the vast majority of the Government’s ideological cuts, despite the fact they educate the majority of our disadvantaged kids,” Ms Claydon said.

“All kids deserve a great education regardless of their background or their family’s finances.”

Ms Claydon said that investment in education is one of the best ways of driving future prosperity.

“Education is transformative – for individual kids, for communities and for the wider society,” Ms Claydon said.

“While the Government is focusing on backing in tax breaks that disproportionately benefit wealthy investors, Labor is investing in the future through our children.”

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