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.
"A key part of the Gonski reforms was ending the 'public v private' schools battle," Senator Wright said.
"Funding for every Australian child was to be equal, no matter which school they went to.
"Instead, Christopher Pyne is funnelling more to those with the most while decreasing funding to public schools, and cutting money from trade training centres and afterschool care.
"Under Christopher Pyne's plan for Australian schools, one in five public schools will still be underfunded in 2016/17.
"Every parent who has children in public schools should be outraged at the Education Minister's duplicity in walking away from a better future for their kids.
"The Australian Greens don't want to see a return to a class-based schooling system and we will continue to stand up for a brighter future for every Australian child."