TONY Windsor gives a Gonski and to prove it yesterday he signed a poster that will hang in his Tamworth electorate office encouraging others to support the recommendations from the education review.
Mr Windsor said he had signed on to offer his support because he believed the Gonski report laid out a pathway to address the nation's falling international performance and growing social inequities.
"Successful reform in our education system in line with the Gonski report could deliver a whole new world of opportunity for our children - and that means a stronger future for Australia," he said.
NSW Teachers' Federation relieving regional organiser for the New England North West region, Ian Watson, said Mr Windsor's sign of support coincided with national Gonski Week, a week that saw countless morning teas around the New England region to demonstrate the growing support for the review's recommendations from teachers, principals and parents.
Mr Watson said Mr Windsor's support was particularly heartening in light of the federal Coalition's recent revelations they not only oppose the review's suggested reforms but would try and repeal any laws based on them.
Mayrn Tandy, Tamworth South Public School's NSWTF Federation representative and convener of the school's Gonski morning tea said the region's children shouldn't be denied the resources that will make such a difference to their education.
"They should have first call on the budget, not be asked to wait in line,"she said.
"Our morning tea on Tuesday, which was declared national Gonski Day, was our way of showing support for the 'I give a Gonski campaign'.
"We are calling on all politicians to show their support for the Gonski Review recommendations and for a greater investment in the education of our children," she said.