Tony Abbott's decision to dump the Gonski school funding reforms will disadvantage every one of Australia's 3.6 million students, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.
"The Coalition has abandoned every child, every parent, every teacher and every school, but none more so than those in greatest need," Senator Wright said.
"Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne have turned their backs on equality - wilfully and ruthlessly entrenching privilege in education.
"Although the majority of disadvantaged students attend public schools, under the Coalition public schools will continue to be drastically under-funded.
"This is so much more than a broken promise - it is broken dreams. Australia's children deserve better.
"The Australian Greens believe in an Australia where every child had a chance to reach their potential, no matter their family wealth.
"Instead, by taking billions of dollars out of our schools, the Coalition is guaranteeing hundreds of thousands of students will be left behind."