Gonski campaign outside Casino Public School.Parents Zeb and Melinda Russell with children Emma, 4, and Thomas, 2, with school principal Garry Carter.
Gonski campaign outside Casino Public School.Parents Zeb and Melinda Russell with children Emma, 4, and Thomas, 2, with school principal Garry Carter. Susanna Freymark

Parents will give Gonski the vote for education

ZEB RUSSELL was at Casino Public School to support the Gonski campaign on its Northern Rivers tour.

The father of five said he would support the political party that supported Gonski.

"If they're going to spend money on individual children, it is better for the economy as a whole," Mr Russell said.

 

Gonski campaign at Casino Public School with Emma Russell, 4. of Casino.
Gonski campaign at Casino Public School with Emma Russell, 4. of Casino. Susanna Freymark

The truck with its bright green Gonski signs stopped at Casino on its way to protest outside the Member for Page Kevin Hogan's office in Lismore.

Australian Education Union president Correna Haythorpe said it was about every child, no matter where they lived, getting support.

"Gonski funding is delivering amazing results in our schools," Ms Haythorpe said.

"Gonski has made a difference in this community," she said.

The Gonski campaign truck will visit 18 marginal electorates.

Casino Public School principal Garry Carter said he supported the Gonski campaign because it highlighted the benefits of Gonski.

"It is the growing percentage of students who are achieving to their potential," Mr Carter said.

The 2013 Gonski report recommended changes to the way schools were funded, with government money being allocated based on a child's individual needs, not on the school.

This meant the funding "travelled" with the child if they moved schools.

When the first round of funding began in 2014 it was viewed as way to bring equality to schools in the private and public sectors.