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Get smart: school funding is key to reversing inequality

Media Release
Penny Wright 30 Oct 2013

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright has warned inequality in education will continue to rise unless the Abbott Government makes a long-term commitment to fairer school funding.

The Council of Australian Governments Reform Council's report today showed students from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to continue studying or find work after Year 12.

"It is shameful that a student's postcode remains one of the best indicators of how they'll do at school and in the years after," Senator Wright said.

"This Coalition Government needs to get to work to make sure students in every state and territory have the opportunity to reach their potential.

"Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne continually denied the old school funding system was broken, but they cannot stick their heads in the sand any longer.

"They must commit to the full six years of the Gonski model and work with Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory to ensure greater funding for public schools starting next year.

"Public schools educate the overwhelming majority of disadvantaged students. It's time to respond to experts recommendations and back needs-based funding in every school across the country.

"Without more funding and programs to improve teacher training and time in the classroom, we will see the shocking figures released today repeated in the years to come."


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