The New South Wales Education Minister has lashed out at the Federal Government in a stoush about the Gonski education review.
At a rally in Sydney yesterday, unions, teachers and parents called on the State Government to release its plan for how it would contribute to funding the education reforms announced a year ago.
But Adrian Piccoli says the Federal Government must explain its financial plan before the states and territories do so.
"Unfortunately the Commonwealth are now using school funding as a political football in the lead up to the next election," Mr Piccoli said.
"They've had the Gonski report for a year, we've gone backwards and forwards with ministerial council meetings where no concrete information was given ... particularly around funding."
Mr Piccoli says yesterday's "I Give a Gonski" rally outside State Parliament, which was attended by the Federal Education Minister Peter Garrett, was the first time he had heard that the state was expected to outline a funding plan.
"It's very frustrating, and it has never been the case that states have been required to make an offer of funding," Mr Piccoli said.
"This is not a reform of state funding of schools. This is a reform of Commonwealth funding of schools. Therefore it is obviously up to the Commonwealth to make their position known."
Speaking at the rally, Mr Garrett said states had taken part in discussions about a new funding model for a year.
"They have had every opportunity to populate the proposed funding model with their own data," Mr Garrett said.
"So I don't think there's any case at all that we haven't been through a thorough process of discussion, consideration and refinement of the model.
"What we now need is to see states willing to come to the table to deliver and to commit."