States expect Coalition to deliver Labor's school promises

THE Coalition's plans to "go back to the drawing board" on Labor's school reforms are coming up against opposition from federal politicians and state governments.

While the previous government announced deals with New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT, those agreements could be at risk.

Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has reportedly said the Labor reforms were "a shambles", with official deals not signed with Victoria, Tasmania or the Catholic schools sector.

While Mr Pyne has promised to deliver the same "funding envelope" promised by Labor, he has said the reforms were not national, because agreements were not signed with all 10 jurisdictions.

But today, both the NSW and Victorian government said agreements were signed, and they would hold the current government to account for promises under Labor.

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said he expected the federal government "to deliver on its obligations".

His Victorian counterpart, Martin Dixon also reportedly warned he expected the $12 billion education agreement to be honoured, after Labor put extra money on the table to secure Victoria's support.

Previously an issue of bipartisan support, Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the school reforms were now at risk due to the new government's approach.

He said "the only people who don't seem to remember there was a deal" was the Coalition government in Canberra, and the government today was not the same one voted in at the September poll.

While Queensland was previously open to an agreement, if the Labor Government offered a sweetener like the one given to Victoria, it pulled support in the absence of extra funds.

Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek has previously been critical of the previous government's approach to education reform, labelling it a "take-it-or-leave-it approach".

The Greens, who will maintain the Senate balance of power until July next year, have also vowed to block any legislative changes to the previous government's education reforms.

Greens education spokeswoman Senator Penny Wright said the Coalition "has no mandate for this sudden turnaround", labelling any approach to reform without the Gonski model "absolutely inadequate".

Topics:  christopher pyne education education reforms schools

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