South Australia Shadow Minister for Education David Pisoni
Rann Targets Marginal Seats Not Education
Victor P Taffa
Premier Rann’s funding announcement to expand four of South Australia’s most popular high schools is a desperate bid to target marginal seats rather than the education needs of students.
David Pisoni, Shadow Education Minister said that this plan to increase the size of four Adelaide high schools is a reaction to a commitment by Isobel Redmond, Leader of the Opposition to build a second campus of Adelaide High School in the proposed Transit Orientated Development in Bowden.
“Mike Rann’s plan to crowd Adelaide High School with more students in the seat of Adelaide is a cynical ploy to play catch-up with a Redmond Liberal Government’s plan to address zoning issues and problems with the over enrollment he has consistently ignored.” Mr. Pisoni said.
“While the Rann Government intends to increase the size of student populations in successful high schools such as Adelaide, Brighton and Marryatville which service seats they hope to win or retain– other community schools in safe Labor seats are being closed down and replaced with privatized super schools.”
“Isobel Redmond’s announcement of a Second Campus for Adelaide High School reflects the SA Liberals plan to expand on the model of a successful government school and substantially increase access to students from a wider region.” Mr. Pisoni said.
Even Mike Rann’s own Labor Members of Parliament don’t agree with his plans for “Super school”
On the question of whether John Rau (Enfield MP) supports closing local schools to create superschools:
“Do I think that this is the best possible outcome? No, I don’t. No, I
don’t.” (John Rau — public forum March 14)
“South Australian government schools will be returned to their communities under a Redmond Liberal Government. The Rann Government has neglected education in SA; they have ignored the reasonable expectation of parents that the public education system provide their children with a quality education.” Mr. Pisoni said.
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