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Greens will deliver 2235 new teachers

The Australian Greens will fund 2235 new teachers in disadvantaged government schools as part of a $1 billion scheme to relieve the pressure on teachers and schools and lift Australian educational achievement.

Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne said as many as a third of all government schools would get an extra teacher to help reduce teacher workloads, with another $20 million a year for teacher mentoring and professional development.

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Barnett can’t let WA schools get left behind – Greens

Scott Ludlam 24 Jul 2013

Western Australian schools will miss out on much-needed funding unless the Barnett Government puts partisan politics aside, Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam warned today.

"The Catholic schools associations have announced their support for the Gonski schools funding reforms - Premier Barnett continues to hold out for what appears to be purely partisan purposes," said Senator Ludlam.

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The Greens' plan for securing a brighter future for Australian kids

Penny Wright 13 Jul 2013

A caring society ensures that every child can receive a high quality education - regardless of where they go to school or their family's income.

The current education system is chronically underfunded, putting pressure on teachers, parents and students.   

That's why the Greens are committing $2 billion more than the current government to implement school funding reforms.

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Greens back better education system for Tasmania and Australia

Penny Wright 9 Jul 2013

Today the Australian Greens have welcomed the news that Tasmania will sign up to the Gonski education funding plan. Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson highlighted the importance of the Greens role in minority government at both the State and Federal level including having a Greens Education Minister in Tasmania, Nick McKim.

"This is great news for students and their families now and into the future and we need to recognise the contribution of Greens members of Tasmanian and Federal parliament," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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Rudd must tell public his plan for schools

Penny Wright 3 Jul 2013

Prime Minister Rudd must clearly state his intentions for school funding reform to provide certainty for schools and parents, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

"Schools and parents need to know this Prime Minister is committed to improving the education of every Australian child," Senator Wright said.

"The negotiations with states and school systems are important, but the public deserves to be fully informed of Prime Minister Rudd's intentions.

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Gonski passes Senate: Statement from Senator Penny Wright

Penny Wright 26 Jun 2013

"After a decade of advocacy from the Australian Greens, Australia is now much closer to a needs-based funding system following the passage of the Australian Education Bill 2013," Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright said today.

"This legislation does not implement the full range of recommendations from the Gonski review of school funding, but it will provide the framework for a better education for every Australian child.

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Greens seek Gonski amendments to guarantee transparency

Penny Wright 25 Jun 2013

Australian Greens will tomorrow seek to amend the Gonski legislation to enshrine accountability and anti-discrimination principles in the new school funding system.

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright said transparency was essential to make sure the billions of taxpayer dollars would make a real difference in Australian schools.

"These amendments will ensure money goes to schools, not bureaucracies," Senator Wright said.

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