Hulls vow to fight for school aid:

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Hume/Moreland Leader | By Kate Swan

20th April 2011

Opposition education spokesman Rob Hulls has vowed to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Hume Valley School community if the Dallas school misses out on funding in the upcoming State Budget.

It follows Mr Hulls accusing the State Government of punishing parents for the way they vote by favouring schools in Liberal and National electorates for upgrades. A list of schools to be rebuilt by the government shows five out of six schools are in a Liberal or National electorate, including six schools in Carrum and four schools in Ferntree Gully.

Mr Hulls, who visited Hume Valley School with Broadmeadows state Labor MP Frank McGuire last month, said the school should not be further disadvantaged because it was in a safe Labor seat. “To ignore this school purely because of base politics being played by the Baillieu government is a slap in the face for the Hume Valley School community,” he said.

Mr Hulls said the $9 million upgrade of classrooms, bathrooms and office space for students with mild intellectual disabilities was absolutely needed and must be seen as a priority in the budget. “And if it is not, Frank McGuire as the local member and myself as the shadow minister for education will be out there standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the school community seeking justice.”

Hume Valley is the only school in the Broadmeadows Schools Regeneration Project, which merged and rebuilt 16 other schools, that has not been funded. Education Minister Martin Dixon told Parliament last month he would consider funding the school.

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