Tassie Branch President Helen Richardson (in pink!) joins other AEU state and territory leaders at Education Ministers meeting in Adelaide today to lobby Federal Government for continuation of Gonski.

State and Territory Education Ministers meet on Friday in Adelaide to negotiate with the Federal Government about the future of school funding, from 2018.

Malcolm Turnbull has said he will cut Gonski school funding at the end of next year, denying Tasmanian schools more than $70 million in funding in 2018 and 2019 alone. The Turnbull Government also plans to cut funding to Tasmanian public schools as part of axing of Gonski.

Will Hodgman’s Government must not accept this and instead insist that the Federal Government honour the signed Tasmanian Gonski agreement in full.

The NSW Government has said, in no uncertain terms, that it will not agree to its Gonski funding being cut.

Anything less than full Gonski funding for Tasmania will mean thousands of our students denied the quality education they deserve.

Gonski funding is all about ensuring every Tasmanian school is properly resourced to meet the needs of every child and the Hodgman Government should not accept anything less.

Securing full Gonski funding is a once in a generation opportunity to lift our state’s education standards and to ensure that no Tasmanian child misses out.