NSW public schools are being shut this morning because Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has refused to listen to teachers and put his 'Local Schools, Local Decisions' scheme on hold, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
Dr Kaye said: "Teachers have good reason to oppose the O'Farrell government's plans to devolve budget responsibility to principals.
"The future of public education hangs in the balance as the Minister pushes ahead with his ideologically motivated experiment aimed at reducing spending on students.
"Key details of the scheme have been kept secret while the Minister's propaganda offensive has failed to hide from parents or educators the real agenda of reducing the growth in the education budget.
"Teachers have good reason to fear the impacts on the quality of education they can deliver in a system that would be torn apart by competition, constrained budgets and increasing numbers of casual teachers.
"Parents should put the blame for this morning's interruption onto Adrian Piccoli who has treated teachers with contempt.
"The Minister should put his plans on hold while he explains how his scheme would work and how it would not damage the future of public education," Dr Kaye said.