School Equity Programs Get $51 Million in ACT Budget | The Canberra Times

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The ACT government will spend $51 million on school equality programs to ensure equal opportunity for students in the coming territory. The government will spend $21 million over four years on Chromebooks for all students ages 7 to 12, including $2.8 million over four years to provide Internet access to high school students who need it, as well as a new e-safety program . The Early Childhood Success Plan gets a $12.5 million boost to support vulnerable three-year-olds in early childhood education and increases early childhood teacher scholarships to 12. High school scholarship scheme redesigned to $11.5 million Future of Education Equity Fund to reach about five times as many students. An additional 25 youth and social workers will be deployed over four years at a cost of $7.4 million to provide early intervention and support to students and their families. The budget includes $1.5 million for a trial to provide free breakfast and lunch to 1,500 vulnerable students three days a week. Inclusive education will receive a $450,000 boost, while $445,000 will go toward free and confidential legal advice for college students. READ MORE: Chief Minister Andrew Barr said some of the measures were election pledges. “As we continue to address the challenges of this pandemic, the ACT government has prioritized spending on the future of our children and youth to ensure they develop the knowledge and skills to operate in our rapidly changing world” , he said. Education Secretary Yvette Berry said the spending was in line with the next phase of the education strategy’s 10-year future. “We have a responsibility to ensure that every young person has access to a quality education, considering and responding to their circumstances and unique needs,” said Ms. Berry. The ACT 2021-22 budget will be handed over on October 6 after being postponed due to the closure and changes to the Legislative Assembly meeting schedule. Our journalists work hard to provide local, current news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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