EDUCATION Minister Nick McKim has begun selling the benefits of the Gonski reform package to Tasmanian schools, but the Liberal Party says it is yet to receive a briefing on the deal.
The deal to secure a $382million funding boost over six years was finalised by federal Education Minister Bill Shorten last month and signed by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd just days before the election was called.
The Examiner understands Mr Rudd had intended to sign the deal with Premier Lara Giddings when in Launceston late last month, but ran out of time and instead had to sign it in Canberra and mail it.
State opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson said the government's desire for good press on the deal meant the technicalities had been left precariously late.
"Ms Giddings messed around with the initial 30 June deadline in order to have a glamorous signing event at Labor's state conference - and it nearly cost Tasmania dearly," Mr Ferguson said.
"It seems Lara Giddings' pursuit of a media event, after the Gonski deal was eventually done, nearly resulted in the paperwork not being done at all."
A sticking point in the deal was balancing the Tasmanian government's position that government schools should be the priority in the national model.
The solution will see most of the state- contributed $130 million go to government schools while non-government schools will be funded through the Commonwealth's $250 million share.
Mr McKim said the state had worked out a new funding model for government schools, while a federal model would be used to determine the funding for non-government schools.
The state-based Fairer Funding Model will consider the location, size, class offering, socio- economic status and student needs of a school and make demands of principals.