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Public schools need Federal certainty: Abbott must rule out reform paper changes

Penny Wright 22 Jun 2015

The Australian Greens say the Abbott Government must immediately rule out a cutting all Federal funding for public schools, as proposed in the Federation Green Paper leaked today.

Spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright said the Federal Government has an essential role to play in school education.

"The Australian Greens are calling on the Abbott Government to immediately rule out walking away from public education," Senator Wright said.

"It is the government's job to govern for all - they must not abandon the 2 million Australian children in public schools.

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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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$17m for teacher training can't paper over billion-dollar school cuts

Penny Wright 7 May 2015

The Australian Greens have slammed the Abbott Government for trying to spin $17 million for teacher training as a budget win while cutting billions from schools.

Spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright said $17m was a drop in the ocean compared to the government's broken promises on Gonski, which will see $3 billion less than forecast go to schools in the next budget.

"Even the best teacher training programs in the world are not enough if the schools teachers end up in are chronically underfunded," Senator Wright said.

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$180m overspend on SA's private schools for same results

Penny Wright 23 Feb 2015

South Australia's private schools only achieve the same results as comparable public schools, despite spending almost $180 million more a year more on their students.

Analysis by researchers Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shepherd, prepared for Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Penny Wright, shows almost a quarter of government funding to private schools is in excess of what it costs to educate similar students in public schools.

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The Coalition's schools funding policies are increasing inequality

Penny Wright 24 Sep 2014

I move that the Senate-

(a) notes recent analysis by Mr Chris Bonnor and Mr Bernie Shepherd, which demonstrated that inequality between the most advantaged and disadvantaged schools has grown since the Gonski Review was completed in 2011;

(b) recognises the Commonwealth Government's decision to proceed with only the first 4 years of the Gonski school funding arrangements falls far short of the investment needed to reverse systemic disadvantage and deepening inequality; and

(c) calls on the Government to prioritise the reduction of inequality in Australian schools.

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