The Tasmanian Government announced in the 2011 - 2012 State budget that it intends to directly cut funding to Tasmanian Catholic schools by 5%.
Further to this, because the Tasmanian Department of Education is facing significant budget cuts as a whole, the flow on effect to Tasmanian Catholic schools will potentially be ANOTHER 5%.
This means parents, grandparents and carers may face significant school fee increases.
This could amount to 10 - 14% school fee INCREASES in real terms.
Please support the Tasmanian Catholic Parents and Friends Federation by sending a clear message to the Tasmanian Minister for Education and Skills, Hon. Nick McKim that breaking the funding agreement (1998) on state support to the Tasmanian Catholic education sector is not only UNFAIR it will be political suicide for both Labor and the Greens.
Parents that send their children to a Catholic school actually save the Tasmanian government $5512 based on recurrent expenditure per student (Report on Government Services 2007 - 08).
Fee increases this significant could result in potentially Catholic school families moving their children to the State school system, creating even great financial strain on the Department of Education.
Damian von Samorzewski
Tasmanian Catholic School Parents & Friends Federation
We, the undersigned, call on the Tasmanian Government to stop the planned budget cuts to Tasmanian Catholic schools.
We believe the funding cuts will not only place undue hardship and stress on Tasmanian Catholic schools and their families but will cause significant pressure on the wider Tasmanian community.
The Stop Tasmanian Catholic school funding cuts petition to Tasmania Government 2011 was written by Damian von Samorzewski and is in the category Education at GoPetition.