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Education rankings fall more reason to get real on Gonski

Penny Wright 4 Dec 2013

Australia's decline in the PISA rankings released tonight put further pressure on the Abbott Government to ensure needs-based school funding across the nation, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

"These results are a wake-up call for the Abbott Government," Senator Wright said.

"Compared to other nations, Australia has a large gap between the highest and lowest performing students. If we do not address this, we will not be able to raise Australia's overall education performance.

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Motion to recognise the importance of needs-based funding

Penny Wright 3 Dec 2013

I move that the Senate

1.       notes:

a.       needs-based funding, where money is distributed equitably according to need, is essential to ensuring all students can access high-quality education;

b.      that disadvantage occurs in all sectors of schooling, but is concentrated in government schools;

c.       the discredited SES funding model was responsible for increasing inequity; and

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Distraction but no action: Greens say Gonski model matters

Penny Wright 2 Dec 2013

Australia's most needy students will still miss out despite extra school funding announced by the Coalition today, says Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright.

In Senate question time today Senator Marise Payne, representing Education Minister Christopher Pyne, refused to answer questions from Senator Wright about whether money would be allocated to schools on a needs-basis.

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Pyne's elitist education u-turn deserts struggling students

Penny Wright 29 Nov 2013

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.

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