Greens announce more than $50 million to upgrade schools and support teachers

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ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has today announced further details of the Greens education plan at the Australian Education Union Council.

“Putting the community first means ensuring we invest in our schools - both the infrastructure and our teachers,” said ACT Greens Leader Shane Rattenbury.

“We also know that education is changing - both in substance and style. Providing safe, supportive learning environments will help us build a truly inclusive school community.

“That's why we're committing to provide more support to teachers and principals. Our package provides funding over four years for training, development, and mentoring for teachers and principals.

“We will also be working with the Australian Education Union to make sure that teaching, not administration, is our focus in our next round of EBA negotiations - that's something teachers, students, and their parents all want.

“And I'm particularly excited to announce that we'll invest over $50 million in capital upgrades for schools, new school infrastructure, and school modernisation. That will give our students the best learning environment possible, and ensure that our teachers are working in the right conditions,” Mr Rattenbury said.

Mr Rattenbury noted that today's announcements build on recent commitments from the Greens to provide better support to students.

“The Greens are already committed to investing $4m over the next four years to fund mental health services for children and young people, including coaching and mentoring, support services, and school psychologists.

“Nothing is more vital to the future of Canberra than our schools. Our plans for education are about putting the community first and giving our teachers and students the support they need,” Mr Rattenbury said.

Mr Rattenbury made the announcement at the Australian Education Union Council, where Greens candidates also signed the AEU Election Pledge.

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