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Greens urge budget action on Gonski

Penny Wright 18 Mar 2014

Inequality in education will rise unless the Abbott Government commits to the full Gonski model in the next budget, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

Speaking as the AEU's Gonski road trip concluded in Canberra, Senator Wright urged the Abbott Government to commit to needs-based funding for every state and territory and deliver the full six years of funding.

"Since coming to government, the Abbot Government has done nothing to address the staggering educational equality in Australia," Senator Wright said.

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Don’t blame our teachers, Mr Pyne

Penny Wright 19 Feb 2014

Boosting teacher salaries and improving professional support must be the focus of the Abbott Government's review of teacher training, says Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright.

Senator Wright said she was concerned the review panel was instead a way to point the figure at teachers and shift the focus from the Government's poor policies.

"First Christopher Pyne blamed the curriculum for sliding education standards. Now he's blaming the teachers," Senator Wright said.

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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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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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