Education receives a funding boost in the NSW state budget

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with the budget papers that were released this week.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with the budget papers that were released this week.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed a range of measures in the 2020/21 NSW Budget for education and schools.

Earlier this week the NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet released the budget with a record breaking deficit of $16 billion in an effort to reinvigorate the NSW economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state budget is focusing on economic recovery through debt-funded spending and sweeping tax reform, including the ambitious task of abolishing stamp duty.

Ms Cooke said the budget announcement would allow communities across the electorate to have access to a suite of programs including tutoring, free preschool, digital infrastructure upgrades and school improvements.

"This is a budget dedicated to rural and regional NSW, and I am so pleased it is focusing on improving our schools and the opportunities for our pupils, from senior students to our littlest learners at preschool," Ms Cooke said.

The budget announcement had been delayed from earlier this year until this week due to the ongoing pandemic.

Ms Cooke believes the education announcements would allow local students to be on par with their city counterparts.

"Our young people deserve the same opportunities as those in metropolitan communities, and our teachers and support staff deserve world-class facilities."

More than $337 million of the budget will go towards tutors in public schools to help students struggling after home learning and free preschool will be extended for 44,000 children.