The claims of cuts come at a time when there is a push to get more students into studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in a bid to bolster the ranks of skilled workers.
The AEU will hold its annual conference today and its federal president, Correna Haythorpe, said while both Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Greens leader Richard Di Natale would speak at the event, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had not responded to an invitation to attend.
Turnbull is in the US at the moment, but it appears that the government has not chosen anyone to attend in lieu.
“We will be discussing the impact of these cuts and our plans to ramp up our public school funding campaign in the year ahead. Of the $2.2 billion Malcolm Turnbull has cut from schools in the next two years, 86% will be cut from public schools. Principals, teachers, support staff and students will see the direct impact of these cuts."
She described Turnbull as the prime minister for private schools, adding, "He has walked away from public schools, only allocating 20% of federal funding to public schools."
Haythorpe said Turnbull’s cuts to public schools were cruel and catastrophic. "Big cuts require a big response and our members are ready for action. We won’t stand by while the Turnbull Government fails to fully fund public education."