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Bartlett calls for an audit of schools.



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SENATOR ANDREW BARTLETT Queensland Democrat Senator

BARTLETT CALLS FOR AN AUDIT OF SCHOOLS

Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett has called for an audit of schools following the release of an Independent Schools Queensland report indicating parental dissatisfaction with the state school system.

Media Statement Friday 23 March 2007 rd

“Most parents really don’t care about public versus private; what is important to them is having access to a school that will deliver high quality education to their children,” Senator Bartlett said.

“What this means is that all schools need to be brought up to an acceptable standard so that parents have the real choice of sending their children to the local state school.

“Many government schools are amongst the best in the state but by allowing some - whether government or independent - to fall behind means the gap between high and low performing students will get bigger.

“Schools with the greatest need, including those with students who have remedial educational needs, must get the greatest amount of funding to prevent further disadvantage and declining educational standards.

“Inappropriate federal government funding for certain independent schools has also led to an entrenched inequality between schools.

“An audit of our schools will reveal once and for all where funds need to be channelled to ensure that all parents are able to send their children to the school of their choice with confidence in the quality of the education they will receive,” Senator Bartlett concluded.

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