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SA Gonski deal is insurance against Abbott - Greens

Penny Wright 14 Jun 2013

South Australia's agreement for new school funding system is another brick in the wall protecting public schools from a Tony Abbott repeal, says Australian Greens spokesperson on Schools Senator Penny Wright.

"Each state that signs up makes it much harder for any Abbott government to unwind the Gonski model and rip money out of schools," Senator Wright said.

"Today's agreement between the Prime Minister and South Australian Premier is great news for all SA students and teachers.

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Queensland and NT have nowhere to hide on Gonski

Penny Wright 11 Jun 2013

Coalition governments in Queensland and the Northern Territory must stop playing blind-man's bluff on school funding reforms, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

The call came as the Federal Government figures revealed just how much money would flow to some of the most disadvantaged schools in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

"Premier Newman and Chief Minister Giles have been stumbling round in the dark making all sorts of claims about how the Gonski school funding reforms would harm local schools," Senator Wright said.

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Gonski legislation first step for stronger schools: Greens

Penny Wright 4 Jun 2013

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright has urged all states and territories to get behind the Gonski reforms as updated legislation was released to Parliament this afternoon.

The Australian Greens welcomed today's amendments to the Australian Education Act and said it was the first step in fixing an inequitable school system.

"Australian public schools have been chronically underfunded for years and it now remains for every state and territory to get on board and to fix an old, broken system," Senator Wright said.

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Greens say books not bars for Territory youth

The NT Government has prioritised incarceration over education by rejecting the Gonski school reforms while pouring money into the bottomless pit of jail funding, say the Australian Greens.

Australian Greens spokesperson on Education and Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright said low levels of literacy and numeracy among jailed youth showed this was the wrong approach.

"Chief Minister Adam Giles says the NT can't scrape together $106 million over six years for a better future for Northern Territory kids," Senator Wright said.

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ACT signs up to Gonski - Statement from Senator Penny Wright

Penny Wright 30 May 2013

"Another signature on the dotted line is a credit to the community campaigning for Gonski," says Senator Penny Wright, Greens spokesperson for schools.

"It is great news for the students of the ACT and will hopefully trigger a rush of further signatures in the coming weeks.

"But it is now imperative Labor updates the legislation and passes it through Parliament without delay.

"The clock is ticking and the future of Australian education is too important to leave to Tony Abbott.

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Budget 2013: Education, Legal Affairs, Mental Health and Veterans Affairs portfolio breakdown

The 2013 Labor Budget will do little to ease the stress on Australians. Senator Penny Wright talks about what was in the budget and what more could be done in each of her portfolio areas.

Education

What's in the budget:

  • $9.8 billion in new school funding
  • $3 billion in next the next four years, $6 billion to come in the following two years

What I think:

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Greens secure NAPLAN inquiry

Penny Wright 15 May 2013

The Australian Greens have secured a Senate inquiry into NAPLAN testing to examine widespread concern the tests are having unintended consequences on teaching and student learning.

Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright, said marketers were seizing on the stress created by high-stakes testing.

"NAPLAN should be about maths, not marketing. It should be about literacy, not an industry," Senator Wright said.

"NAPLAN was intended to provide important information on student performance and highlight students most in need of help.

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