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MySchool misses mark on school assessment

Penny Wright 11 Jul 2013

A new report released today highlights the failings of the Federal Government's MySchool site and backs the evidence given to a parliamentary inquiry initiated by Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright.

The overwhelming majority of submissions to the Senate Inquiry into NAPLAN testing criticised the MySchool site as an inaccurate measure of school performance and success.

"The Grattan Institute's report clearly shows the MySchool site based on NAPLAN data is not achieving the government's aims," Senator Wright said.

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Greens back better education system for Tasmania and Australia

Penny Wright 9 Jul 2013

Today the Australian Greens have welcomed the news that Tasmania will sign up to the Gonski education funding plan. Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson highlighted the importance of the Greens role in minority government at both the State and Federal level including having a Greens Education Minister in Tasmania, Nick McKim.

"This is great news for students and their families now and into the future and we need to recognise the contribution of Greens members of Tasmanian and Federal parliament," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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Rudd must tell public his plan for schools

Penny Wright 3 Jul 2013

Prime Minister Rudd must clearly state his intentions for school funding reform to provide certainty for schools and parents, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

"Schools and parents need to know this Prime Minister is committed to improving the education of every Australian child," Senator Wright said.

"The negotiations with states and school systems are important, but the public deserves to be fully informed of Prime Minister Rudd's intentions.

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More time needed for NAPLAN report card

Penny Wright 28 Jun 2013

An Australian Greens parliamentary inquiry into NAPLAN testing will be reconvened after the election to give more time to examine evidence.

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright said today the inquiry had been overwhelmed with the magnitude of community concern about the standardised tests.

"My inquiry has heard extensive evidence these tests are causing high levels of stress in students and teachers and increasing 'teaching to the test'," Senator Wright said.

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Gonski passes Senate: Statement from Senator Penny Wright

Penny Wright 26 Jun 2013

"After a decade of advocacy from the Australian Greens, Australia is now much closer to a needs-based funding system following the passage of the Australian Education Bill 2013," Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright said today.

"This legislation does not implement the full range of recommendations from the Gonski review of school funding, but it will provide the framework for a better education for every Australian child.

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Govt stands by school discrimination of LGBTI youth

Penny Wright 25 Jun 2013

The Labor Government has refused to acknowledge government anti-discrimination policy may have a direct impact on LGBTI students, said Australian Greens spokesperson for education and legal affairs Senator Penny Wright.

In Question Time today, Senator Wright quizzed the Government on exemptions that allow religious schools to discriminate against LGBTI students.

"Education Minister Peter Garrett this morning called for same sex marriage to be legalised to spare some Australian teenagers from bullying," Senator Wright said.

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Greens seek Gonski amendments to guarantee transparency

Penny Wright 25 Jun 2013

Australian Greens will tomorrow seek to amend the Gonski legislation to enshrine accountability and anti-discrimination principles in the new school funding system.

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright said transparency was essential to make sure the billions of taxpayer dollars would make a real difference in Australian schools.

"These amendments will ensure money goes to schools, not bureaucracies," Senator Wright said.

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Putting NAPLAN to the test - Inquiry hearing tomorrow

Penny Wright 20 Jun 2013

Widespread concern about unintended consequences of NAPLAN testing will be probed tomorrow in a Senate inquiry initiated by Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

WHAT:       Senate Inquiry into NAPLAN testing, instigated by Senator Penny Wright, Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools.

WHEN:       Friday, 21 June 2013, 9.00am-3.35pm

WHERE:     Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens, 380 William Street Melbourne VIC 3000

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