Tasmanians air concerns over Gonski 2.0 schools funding deal

HIGH STAKES: Australian Education Union Tasmania president Helen Richardson and Clarendon Vale Primary School Association president Angela Sayer say they are "worried" the Gonski 2.0 funding deal will be bad for Tasmania.

HIGH STAKES: Australian Education Union Tasmania president Helen Richardson and Clarendon Vale Primary School Association president Angela Sayer say they are "worried" the Gonski 2.0 funding deal will be bad for Tasmania.

The federal government is playing a game of roulette with schools funding and needs to deal a “fair hand” to all schools, a Tasmanian parent says.

Angela Sayer has children at Clarendon Vale Primary School and is president of the Clarendon Vale Primary School Association.

Ms Sayer said she was “very worried” about the newly-announced Gonski 2.0 schools funding deal, which will see Tasmanian public schools receive $84 million less to 2019 than it would have if the original Gonski deal was honoured.

“It’s like the government’s playing a game of roulette - let’s spin the wheel, you’ve got the lucky number, here’s your funding,” Ms Sayer said.

“The government needs to start dealing a fair hand to all schools.”

Australian Education Union Tasmania president Helen Richardson described Gonski 2.0 as a “con” and “the worst deal” for the state.

State Leader of Government Business Michael Ferguson said Gonski 2.0 was worth funding because it meant “more money for Tasmanian school students”.