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Senate backs need for Gonski boost in country schools

Media Release
Penny Wright 11 Dec 2013

Students at country schools will continue to be disadvantaged if the Gonski school funding scheme is not adequately implemented, the Senate has resolved today.

In a motion put by Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright, it was confirmed extra funding was need for kids in country schools to reach the same level as city students.

"Christopher Pyne's no-strings-attached backflip means the extra money is now not guaranteed to get to students in the bush," Senator Wright said.

"Today the Greens, with the support of Labor, passed a motion through the Senate calling for the Abbott Government to implement the school funding model designed by the Gonski panel as the best way to lift student performance.

"Country schools are so underfunded and country kids lag as much as two years behind those in city schools in maths, science and literacy.

"NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli told the Coalition caucus earlier this year country schools would be the biggest winners from Gonski," Senator Wright said.

"The Australian Greens believe students in rural areas deserve the same opportunities as city kids.

"It is high time the Abbott Government joined us in standing up for country Australia.

"They must commit to negotiating with all state governments to make sure country schools get the additional funding they need to give every child the opportunity to reach their potential."

Full text of the motion moved by Senator Wright is available here.


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