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Labor yesterday continued its election pitch for education and crime prevention with a promise of $16 million for a safer communities fund and $13.5 million to keep children in school.

It came as the Liberal Government said, if re-elected, funding for specialised schools helping children with social, emotional or behavioural issues would be boosted to $4 million over four years.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said a Labor government would employ 40 attendance and behaviour officers at the State's 40 most disadvantaged schools. State School Teachers Union president Anne Gisborne said responsibility for truancy had fallen to teachers and she welcomed any move to rebuild support services in this area.

Education Minister Peter Collier said the $4 million would help more than 800 disengaged students.

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