I am not against public schooling, as some of you may believe, but we have 2 schools in our zone.
School 1, the teachers are in constant damage control mode. Not teaching mode. They each have roughly 1/3 of each term on sick/stress leave, with many supply teachers refusing to work there. It is also riddled with asbestos, damage was done during Yasi yet nothing has been done more than a year later to fix the asbestos problem.
School 2, the teachers are also often in damage control mode rather than teaching mode. They have far more students than the other, which means more noise. Special needs kids are given the absolute minimum required aid time, and it's in another room where they colour in and throw paper planes around the room. Every year when we have heavy rain, the sewerage backs up and is block. It's a problem with that whole area, but the shops and daycare centre get it fixed with a day or 2. The school has been affected since last Monday and is still not open. The kids have not been allowed back at school so they will effectively have no school for 4 weeks, and they will not have catch up work.
They are the ones we have a choice of without going private, unless I want to take her all the way across town about 40 minutes away to a better public school she qualifies for because of her ASD. But that school still has larger classes and limited aide time.
So it is not the whole public system, just the ones we can choose from that I have a problem with. Just to clear it up a little. I take each school on its own merit, not the public or private status.