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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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The Greens' plan for securing a brighter future for Australian kids

Penny Wright 13 Jul 2013

A caring society ensures that every child can receive a high quality education - regardless of where they go to school or their family's income.

The current education system is chronically underfunded, putting pressure on teachers, parents and students.   

That's why the Greens are committing $2 billion more than the current government to implement school funding reforms.

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MySchool misses mark on school assessment

Penny Wright 11 Jul 2013

A new report released today highlights the failings of the Federal Government's MySchool site and backs the evidence given to a parliamentary inquiry initiated by Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright.

The overwhelming majority of submissions to the Senate Inquiry into NAPLAN testing criticised the MySchool site as an inaccurate measure of school performance and success.

"The Grattan Institute's report clearly shows the MySchool site based on NAPLAN data is not achieving the government's aims," Senator Wright said.

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Greens back better education system for Tasmania and Australia

Penny Wright 9 Jul 2013

Today the Australian Greens have welcomed the news that Tasmania will sign up to the Gonski education funding plan. Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson highlighted the importance of the Greens role in minority government at both the State and Federal level including having a Greens Education Minister in Tasmania, Nick McKim.

"This is great news for students and their families now and into the future and we need to recognise the contribution of Greens members of Tasmanian and Federal parliament," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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