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Don't turn Aussie schools into US franchises, Mr Abbott

Media Release
Penny Wright 12 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens have urged Prime Minister Abbott to keep big business out of public education, following reports the Coalition is looking to Americanise Australian schools.

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright said corporations should not be dictating curriculum.

"Our public education system should provide a chance for every student to reach their potential, and no - we don't want fries with that," Senator Wright said.

"The Federal Government must stop trying to turn this country into a 53rd state of the US, and start addressing inequality.

"The private sector has no place writing the curriculum for public education. Our schools are not for sale."

Senator Wright said previous attempts to import US education fads, such as Teach for America, to Australia had failed.

"Australia has a proud history of a strong public education sector and it is the Government's job to support it, not commercialise it," she added.


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