CANBERRA, April 16 - Federal independent MPs Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott support the federal government's schools funding reforms, despite related tertiary education cuts.
Windsor says the changes announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Sunday are the biggest revolution in national education in his lifetime.
"I will be supportive of the government's arrangements," the NSW MP told reporters in Canberra.
Under Labor's plan, the states will get top-up schools funding of $14.5 billion over six years, if they stump up 35 per cent of the money and commit to increasing education budgets by three per cent a year.
But states like Western Australia and Queensland are against the deal, either due to financial constraints or because they believe it's inequitable.
Windsor said he was hopeful NSW Premier Barry O'Farrel would get on board, when the Council of Australian Governments meets in Canberra on Friday.
"I would not be surprised if he showed some leadership on this," Windsor said.
Some of the funding will come from $2.3 billion in reductions in university spending.
That measure has been widely criticised by universities, but Windsor said their funding was still on an "upward flight path".
"I am prepared to look at the harder decisions," he added.
Fellow NSW MP Oakeshott said the tertiary savings were budget measures, and reflective of the difficult environment Labor faces.
"As far as amendments to the Australian Education Act ... if they can reach agreement with the states sometime soon and the legislation is as everyone's talking about, heck yeah, I'm in 100 per cent," he said.
"I think it's the most important decision of this 43rd parliament."
Gillard wants schools funding amendments through parliament before the September election.