Australia's decline in the PISA rankings released tonight put further pressure on the Abbott Government to ensure needs-based school funding across the nation, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.
Senator Wright's motion to recognise the Coalition's broken Gonski promise will perpetuate and worsen the inequities at the heart of the schooling system, which needs-based funding reform had the only chance of reversing.
Senator Penny Wright questions the Coalition over their plan for school funding. Senator Marise Payne, representing Christopher Pyne, refuses to guarentee money will go to the schools that need it most.
Hundreds of thousands of Australian students will continue to struggle at school if the Coalition refuses to honor funding promises to Australian public schools, says Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright.