The Turnbull government has locked in the numbers for a stunning victory on its Gonski 2.0 school funding package by agreeing to fast-track its spending plan and pump an extra $5 billion into the nation's schools.
Matthew Knott is the education and Senate correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, based in Parliament House
One of Australia's most senior Catholic clerics has stepped in to the war over school funding.
The Turnbull government has buckled to demands from conservative MPs to delay the introduction of less-generous funding arrangements for Catholic schools, after insisting it would wipe out the "special deals" created by the previous Labor government.
The Turnbull government's progress towards a historic victory on its new Gonski 2.0 school funding model threatens to be derailed by an internal rebellion from conservative MPs furious about a $4.6 billion hit to Catholic schools.
Former NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli – one of the strongest champions of the original Gonski agreements – has broken ranks with his own government to support the Turnbull government's new school funding model.
The transfer of taxpayer money from Catholic schools to public schools under 'Gonski 2.0' has been exposed in secret data ahead of this week's vote.
On Friday, a group of activists from the Australian Education Union staged a protest outside Derryn Hinch's Melbourne office.
The Turnbull government has made a series major concessions to the Greens on school funding in a bid to secure the Gonski 2.0 package in the Senate. The proposed deal would be a major breakthrough for the beleaguered government. Education Minister Simon Birmingham has written to the crucial cross bench party granting almost all of its demands for extra funding guarantees etc...
Gonski Review panel member Kathryn Greiner says it would be a "disaster" if the Senate voted down the Turnbull government's new school funding model, making her the second panellist in two days to throw their support behind the changes.
Ken Boston says it would be a "tragedy" for Australia if the Senate voted down the new school funding model.