The federal education minister will meet with his NSW counterpart this week to smooth out concerns over the Morrison government's new funding deal that was struck with the Catholic and independent school sector.
Education Minister Dan Tehan is confident all states and territories will be on board with the deal, which provides Catholic and independent schools $3.2 billion over 10 years to ease the transition to a new school funding model.
However, Mr Tehan admits NSW could block the deal after the state's Education Minister Rob Stokes said he wouldn't sign anything that wasn't fair to all schools and students.
Mr Stokes says all school children should be supported according to need and special deals shouldn't be struck.
"Very civilised discussions" between the pair this week will focus on NSW state schools already receiving record funding, Mr Tehan says.
"I'm sure we'll be able to work all that through and make sure we get an outcome which is all about the kids in NSW," he told the ABC on Sunday.
"All states and territories would agree that we don't want to make school kids pay the price for our discussions."
Mr Stokes said in a statement on Sunday that his position had not changed but he looked forward to the pair's Sydney meeting.
Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek has praised Mr Stokes for his vocal opposition to the funding arrangement.
"It's not fair to punish parents who send their children to a public school," she told reporters in Sydney.
"It's not fair to punish the children who are attending public schools by cutting billions from their schools while restoring funding to Catholic and independent schools."
The federal government is tipping an extra $23.5 billion over 10 calendar years to schools from next year, which is $17 billion less than Labor had promised under the Gillard government's original plan.
The Morrison government's needs-based education funding model proposed by former Education Minister Simon Birmingham seeks to rejig how funding for schools is calculated.
It uses parental income tax records rather than census information, which Mr Tehan says provides more detail.
"De-identified data will be provided to officials so they can make the calculations that are necessary to then do the resourcing allocation," he said.
"As a former cybersecurity minister, one of the things I was very keen to do was ensure the right protections and safety around how this would work."
A further $1.2 billion will go to "address specific challenges" in Catholic and independent schools.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has denied charges the money is a "slush fund" aimed at getting the Catholics off his back politically.
Australian Associated Press