Hundreds of thousands of Australian students will continue to struggle at school if the Coalition refuses to honor funding promises to Australian public schools, says Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright.
Senator Wright said after days of deliberate deceit by Education Minister Christopher Pyne, a meeting of education ministers today had revealed Federal Government's education cuts would only affect public schools.
The Australian Greens will block any attempt by the Coalition to walk away from the Gonski funding model, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.
"If Christopher Pyne wants to tear up school funding reforms, he'll have to do it in the Parliament and the Australian Greens will be standing in his way, protecting the future of our children," Senator Wright said.
"With only weeks to go until 2014, the Coalition's continual flip-flopping and secrecy on education is a disaster in the making.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be held accountable if he walks away from the Gonski reforms in light of negotiation bungles revealed today, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright
"If Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne don't instantly go about putting in place a needs-based, sector-blind school funding system around the country - it will be another broken election promise from this government," Senator Wright said.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne is putting strain on schools by failing to clarify funding arrangements for 2014, says Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright.
Senator Wright said she would use Senate Estimates hearings on Wednesday to uncover more about the Coalition's plan for school funding, particularly in Victoria, where schools are still waiting on financial information.
Thousands of Queensland students will lose out if a no-strings-attached school funding deal with the Federal Government goes ahead, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.
"Tony Abbott and his government have completely abandoned the principle of the Gonski reveiw, which was to give every Australian student a chance to reach their potential," Senator Wright said.
"A funding carte blanche to the Queensland government may actually see less money being spent on education in the sunshine state, and that would be a huge loss to students.
Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright has warned inequality in education will continue to rise unless the Abbott Government makes a long-term commitment to fairer school funding.
The Council of Australian Governments Reform Council's report today showed students from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to continue studying or find work after Year 12.
"It is shameful that a student's postcode remains one of the best indicators of how they'll do at school and in the years after," Senator Wright said.
The Australian Greens will fund 2235 new teachers in disadvantaged government schools as part of a $1 billion scheme to relieve the pressure on teachers and schools and lift Australian educational achievement.
Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne said as many as a third of all government schools would get an extra teacher to help reduce teacher workloads, with another $20 million a year for teacher mentoring and professional development.