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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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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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