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    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    State Budget to boost education with new schools, more teachers

    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Tuesday, June 03, 2008

    State Budget to boost education with new schools, more teachers

    The 2008-09 State Budget will deliver a major boost to education, including new schools, more teachers and teacher aides, and a significant increase for state school maintenance.

    Education and Training Minister Rod Welford said the initiatives were part of the Bligh Government’s commitment to building a clever, skilled and creative Queensland.

    “We are determined to build an education system that equips our children and young people for the challenges of the 21st century,” Mr Welford said.

    “In 2008-09, we are investing a record $532 million in school infrastructure, including four new schools to help meet population growth in the south-east corner.

    “In addition, the State Government will invest $150 million as part of the $850 million, five-year State Schools of Tomorrow initiative to deliver new and renewed facilities that support modern teaching methods to some older schools, transforming them into exceptional centres of learning.

    “We will also employ up to 321 full time equivalent staff, 270 of whom will be teachers and teacher aides. And the professionalism of state school teachers will be supported through the department’s $47 million investment in professional development. “

    A new strategy to improve student achievement, including by tackling truancy, at 66 large state schools in disadvantaged communities across Queensland will be implemented in 2008-09.

    “The Believe Achieve Succeed strategy will be put into action initially in 26 secondary and 40 primary schools, mainly in the Logan-Beaudesert, Moreton and Wide Bay-Burnett regions,” Mr Welford said. “This strategy will give additional support and flexibility to staff, with an additional 10 staff dedicated to piloting multi-disciplinary intervention teams in our disadvantaged schools.”

    The Budget will continue the drive to improve literacy and numeracy for all students, with $18 million to further the Literacy – the Key to Learning: Framework for Action 2006-2008.

    “We will also invest an additional $24.4 million over two years in funding for the pre-Prep early learning program in 35 Indigenous communities and allocate $10.9 million in the third year of the $37.9 million, four-year commitment to support students with disabilities,” he said.

    “More than $100 million will be invested in Smart Classrooms initiatives, to improve student, teacher and parental access to e-learning materials and we will invest $20 million in year two of the four-year $70 million Computers for Teachers program.

    “Our Government will also implement the agreed Council of Australian Government initiatives, including digital education, trades training centres in schools and Asian language studies.”

    Media contact: Marnie Stitz or Emma Clarey on 3237 1000