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Public schools need Federal certainty: Abbott must rule out reform paper changes

Penny Wright 22 Jun 2015

The Australian Greens say the Abbott Government must immediately rule out a cutting all Federal funding for public schools, as proposed in the Federation Green Paper leaked today.

Spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright said the Federal Government has an essential role to play in school education.

"The Australian Greens are calling on the Abbott Government to immediately rule out walking away from public education," Senator Wright said.

"It is the government's job to govern for all - they must not abandon the 2 million Australian children in public schools.

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NAPLAN Online transition could handicap struggling schools

Penny Wright 11 Jun 2015

Students at rich schools ready to switch to online NAPLAN testing faster could receive higher marks, Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright has revealed.

The administrative agency ACARA has told Senate Estimates the new adaptive testing method could lead to higher scores and it would consider bulk-adjusting scores if necessary.

Senator Wright said adaptive testing would ease the stress of NAPLAN testing by adjusting to student capabilities, but warned less well-resourced schools might be left behind.

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Budget statement: School education

Penny Wright 13 May 2015

Statement from Senator Penny Wright, Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools:

"This government is trying to use tricky accounting to hide their broken promises on school funding and disability loadings," Senator Wright said.

"The Abbott Government promised a full disability loading this year - but instead they are continuing with a completely inadequate model which has left 100,000 students with a disability without any educational support at all.

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Abbott's Budget has no vision for SA

The 2015 Budget has no vision for the future of South Australia, say SA's Australian Greens Senators.

Senator Penny Wright said the Government was continuing to protect big business at the expense of everyday South Australians.

"The Abbott Government has absolutely no vision for South Australia's future. Rather than finding new sources of revenue from the big end of town, this Budget cuts one vital service to fund another," Senator Wright said.

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