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Charter schools not the panacea for Australia’s education system

Penny Wright 31 Aug 2015

The implementation of charter schools, based on an ideological push for "autonomy", will not provide better education outcomes for students, warns Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

The new report from the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) today called for charter schools to be introduced in Australia.

But this is a model that has already failed overseas and researchers in Australia have found no evidence to indicate changes in enrolments or student achievement.

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Budget statement: School education

Penny Wright 13 May 2015

Statement from Senator Penny Wright, Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools:

"This government is trying to use tricky accounting to hide their broken promises on school funding and disability loadings," Senator Wright said.

"The Abbott Government promised a full disability loading this year - but instead they are continuing with a completely inadequate model which has left 100,000 students with a disability without any educational support at all.

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NAPLAN distorts education: Greens call for national overhaul

Penny Wright 11 May 2015

The Australian Greens are calling for drastic changes to the annual NAPLAN tests, which begin again tomorrow, saying the scheme undermines quality education.

Spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright said research has shown the tests are narrowing the curriculum, discouraging creativity and placing too much pressure on students and schools.

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