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Time to get serious about schools funding before our kids fall further behind

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MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Time to get serious about schools funding before our kids fall further behind

Lacklustre NAPLAN results around the country shows a dire need for increased funding distributed on a genuine needs basis, the Australian Greens say.

"It's time to get serious about funding our schools properly before our kids fall further behind," Greens’ Education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Last week PISA exposed Australia’s dwindling performance and rife inequality in education and these NAPLAN results further prove that something has to change.

"Report after report shows that Aussie kids are doing worse and the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged kids is getting bigger. The Turnbull government must dump its planned funding cuts to schools, before more damage is done.

"We can afford to fund our schools properly with a genuine needs-based model, but only if the Government decides to prioritise education over things like big business tax cuts.

“In Friday’s Education Council meeting, Minister Birmingham should outline a plan for funding a genuine needs-based system, where schools that need and have been waiting for the bulk of the promised Gonski funding get it, and where the wealthiest private schools stop getting unfair top-ups from the government.

“Education is crucial for a fair, inclusive and productive society and it’s about time we started listening to teachers crying out for a fairer funding model.”

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