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Senate votes to dump Pyne's curriculum review panel

Penny Wright 12 Feb 2014

The Senate has today called on the Abbott Government to replace the curriculum review panel of Ken Wiltshire and Kevin Donnelly with independent experts.

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright introduced the motion, which was supported by Labor, in the wake of widespread concern about the objectivity of the panel appointed by Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

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Motion to replace Ken Wiltshire and Kevin Donnelly on the Australian Curriculum review

Penny Wright 12 Feb 2014

I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I will move that the Senate

1.       notes

a.       the Australian Curriculum was developed over six years, involving input from thousands of educators, parents and academics, and was negotiated with and agreed to by state and territory governments;

b.      the Australian Curriculum is still in the process of being implemented by state and territory governments;

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Independent public schools don't help kids: Greens

Penny Wright 3 Feb 2014

The Abbott Government's independent public schools plan announced today will do nothing to improve student outcomes, warns Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

"Christopher Pyne is proselytising a proven policy failure to distract from the mess he's made over the Gonski model," Senator Wright said.

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Back to school – but will your kid miss out under Pyne’s plan?

Penny Wright 30 Jan 2014

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright has condemned Education Minister Christopher Pyne for funnelling extra millions to private schools while state schools struggle.

Responding to the release of the AEU's McMorrow Report showing a $90 million drop in the projected funding for public schools, Senator Wright said the Abbott Government was betraying Australia's 2 million public school students.

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Where did Gonski go?

Penny Wright 29 Jan 2014

The Queensland government has abandoned the Gonski reforms in its new school funding plan, says Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright.

“Making students meet certain literacy and numeracy standards before providing extra funding is going completely against what the Gonski reforms are all about,” Senator Wright said.

“Gonski is about directing funding to where it will help – not withholding funding from schools who are struggling.

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Extra funding for disability Gonski?

Penny Wright 23 Jan 2014

The Abbott Government has created fresh uncertainty about extra funding for students with a disability, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

Senator Wright said she would pursue the truth of the Abbott Government's plans when Parliament resumed in February, following reports of a $2 billion hole under the disability funding model as part of the Gonski plan.

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New inquiry gives voice to parents and teachers on Abbott's broken Gonski promises

Penny Wright 12 Dec 2013

The Abbott Government's broken promises and mismanagement of the Gonski school funding model will be examined by a special senate committee established today.

Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright encouraged parents, teachers and schools to make submissions.

"If Mr Pyne and Mr Abbott won't do their homework, we'll do it for them before they have the opportunity to tear down the best chance our kids have had to get a world-class education," Senator Wright said.

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Senate backs need for Gonski boost in country schools

Penny Wright 11 Dec 2013

Students at country schools will continue to be disadvantaged if the Gonski school funding scheme is not adequately implemented, the Senate has resolved today.

In a motion put by Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright, it was confirmed extra funding was need for kids in country schools to reach the same level as city students.

"Christopher Pyne's no-strings-attached backflip means the extra money is now not guaranteed to get to students in the bush," Senator Wright said.

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Motion for greater funding of rural schools

Penny Wright 11 Dec 2013

I move that the Senate:

1.       notes:

a.       the results of the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment  of students' mathematical, scientific and reading literacy, published on 3 December 2013, which showed students attending provincial and remote schools were performing as much as two years of schooling behind students in metropolitan schools;

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