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Pyne must sort out education jumble

Penny Wright 18 Nov 2013

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.

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Gonski a goner under Abbott, say Greens

Penny Wright 8 Nov 2013

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.

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Get smart: school funding is key to reversing inequality

Penny Wright 30 Oct 2013

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.

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Greens to boost Indigenous language learning in schools

The Australian Greens will commit $30 million to expand the teaching and learning of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, schools spokesperson Senator Penny Wright and NT Greens Senate candidate Warren H. Williams announced today.

Ahead of National Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday, Mr Williams said Australia risked losing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages without a more concerted effort in schools.

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Greens will deliver 2235 new teachers

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.

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Greens condemn Coalition school policy and venue choice

The Australian Greens have today condemned the Coalition’s education policy for not backing public schooling and questioned the venue choice for the launch.

Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright said Penrith Christian School’s position on homosexuality also highlighted out-dated discrimination exemptions applying to religious schools.

“What’s more shocking than the school’s statements around homosexuality is that Australian law still allows religious schools to expel students and fire teachers on the basis of their sexuality,” Senator Wright said.

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