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Overhaul schools funding so it’s based on need: Greens

Any overhaul of schools funding must result in a genuine ‘needs based’ model, the Australian Greens have said, pointing out that some wealthy, overfunded private schools will need to have their funding reduced so that struggling public schools can get ahead.

“Yes, some schools are overfunded and yes, that funding should be clawed back,” the Greens’ education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Public funding is precious and it needs to be spent on giving all young Australians access to a high quality public education.

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Greens defend Arts courses in Vocational Education and Training

The Australian Greens have announced that they will move an amendment to the government’s Vocational Education and Training bill in the Senate to support arts and creative industries in Australia.

“Cleaning up the dodgy rorting in the VET sector should not come at the cost of arts courses and education providers that were doing the right thing,” the Greens’ Education and Arts spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Our creative industries employ thousands of people across Australia and help to build the social fabric of our community.

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Greens secure VET Ombudsman for exploited students

The Greens have secured support from the government to establish a Vocational Education and Training Ombudsman who will help to protect vulnerable students from exploitation, the party’s education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said.

“I welcome the announcement that the VET sector will finally be getting the Ombudsman that it so badly needs,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“This is an important win that will help to protect vulnerable students from exploitation in the future.

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VET privatisation failure must be addressed in reforms: Greens

The end of public money handouts to for-profit private providers should be at the centre of any Vocational Education and Training sector reforms, the Australian Greens have said.

“The rampant rorting of the VET system is one of the most extraordinary and damning examples of failed privatisation that Australia has ever seen,” the Greens’ education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Public money should not be given to private, for-profit education providers and should instead be invested in the struggling TAFE system.

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Private schools’ funding windfall must be trimmed: Greens

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to reduce the amount of funding going to Australia's wealthiest private schools so that the money can go to where it's needed most; the public education sector.

"The wealthiest private schools in Australia have been lining up for ever-increasing handouts over recent years, but now that has to stop," the Greens' education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Education meeting failure; no road-map towards needs-based funding

The Australian Greens have criticised today's meeting of Education Minister's as a talk-fest, saying that it has done nothing to move towards an improved funding model for Australian schools.

"This meeting was an opportunity to talk about how we can invest in the future of our students and our schools, but that's not what happened," the Greens' education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"What we need more than anything else is a road-map towards genuine needs-based funding across Australian schools.

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Needs based funding required, not government excuses for funding cuts

Needs based support for schools must be guaranteed beyond the funding cliff set up by the Abbott/Turnbull government, the Australian Greens have said.

"The last thing we need right now is more excuses from the government justifying their education cuts," the Greens' Education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"We need to be investing in a full needs-based funding model, not walking back from the steps we've taken in that direction to this point.

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PC report shows schools funding must be increased, better targeted

A Productivity Commission draft report, detailing no overall improvement in Australian education standards over the previous decade, shows why we need to implement a sector-blind needs-based schools funding model, the Australian Greens have said.

"It's no surprise that sticking with a broken funding model hasn't done anything to help the students," the Greens' Education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Clinton gives lead to Sydney universities on free higher education

Lee Rhiannon 1 Aug 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Vice Chancellors of Sydney and UNSW universities, Michael Spence and Ian Jacobs, to break ranks with the Group of Eight and give strong backing to extra funding for public universities.

“At a time when the possible next US President, Hilary Clinton, is backing free education for working and middle class students in the United States, the best we hear from major universities like Sydney and UNSW is to crack down on numbers,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Baird’s TAFE NSW plan an excuse to sell land assets

Lee Rhiannon 13 Jul 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on the news that TAFE institutes across the state will be all dismantled and ‘streamlined’ under a single provider. 

“Folding ten TAFE institutions into one will obviously have major repercussions, including job losses and campus sales. 

“These reforms actually do not do anything to address the problem with TAFE in NSW, which is that the contestability model has failed. 

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