The State Government has defended its track record on education spending after the Opposition dubbed it "hypocritical" to seek savings in schools while knocking back the Gonski plan.
Premier Colin Barnett last week refused to sign up to the Federal Government's proposed education reforms at the Council of Australian Governments meeting after labelling the plan inequitable and warning Canberra would push for funding from state schools to be diverted to private schools.
The Commonwealth didn't get any formal support for its $14.5 billion funding proposal that would require states and territories to stump up 35 per cent - or $5.1 billion - of the money.
WA's opposition education spokeswoman Sue Ellery said Mr Barnett's stance was hypocritical, given his government's plan to strip $316 million from the state's school funding over the next four years as part of an "efficiency dividend".
"The question needs to be asked - who is really ripping off Western Australian students?" Ms Ellery said.
"Mr Barnett's stance is completely hypocritical.
"He turned his back on $300 million in additional funding while pulling more than that out himself."
But Education Minister Peter Collier said the WA government had increased spending on education by an average of six per cent a year.
"Further, it should be noted that the Commonwealth's schools offer is not an extra $300 million for Western Australia - it is $183 million over six years," Mr Collier said.
"WA has to find the rest."
Mr Collier said the State Government wanted the best outcome for schools and students, regardless of which political party was proposing changes.
"While we are willing to negotiate, we will not sign up to any proposal that hands control of State Government schools to the Commonwealth," he said.