Victorian minister visits Sholem Aleichem

May 1, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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Melbourne’s Sholem Aleichem College has hosted the Deputy Leader of the Victorian Opposition and Shadow Minister for Education.

James Merlino chats to young student

James Merlino chats to young student

James Merlino met with the Australian Council of Jewish Schools, together with representatives from each of the Jewish schools. The meeting was facilitated by Josh Burns, Labor candidate for Caulfield with many of the schools situated inside the district of Caulfield.

The meeting between James Merlino and the ACJS covered a broad range of topics and issues currently facing students, teachers and parents of the Jewish Schools. The meeting was an opportunity for the ACJS to brief Mr Merlino on some of the challenges that the schools are currently addressing.

The agenda included: childcare and preschool funding, ongoing security challenges as well as general discussion about the Jewish Schools. All parties were very pleased with the meeting. It was both a productive discussion as well as a great platform to continue to grow the relationship between the ACJS and the Victorian Labor Party.

Josh Burns, ALP Candidate for Caulfield, said that every student from every school in the district of Caulfield deserved their challenges to be heard from our leaders and was thankful to James for coming to Sholem for the roundtable. Burns also said that he is proud to have attended both government and Jewish schools was very keen to support the Jewish students, educators and parents.

James Merlino talked about the importance for governments to invest in education funding to give kids the best possible start in life.

Merlino said that education funding should be a priority and should not be the victim of the Napthine Government’s budget bottom line.

He said that Labor understood the importance of providing the best possible educational opportunities to our children for the future and looked forward to further dialogue between ACJS and the Victorian Labor Party.

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