The state's education union has released figures which show a $473 million funding shortfall for Tasmania's public schools over three years.
The union arrived at the sum through accessing funding contributions to schools by the state and federal governments against the Schooling Resource Standard minimum school funding benchmark.
Australian Education Union state manager Brian Wightman said without the the funding shortfall, 1409 more teachers could be employed in schools.
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He said public schools in Tasmania were underfunded by up to nine per cent.
"This is not about capital funding or one-off expenditure, this is about every Tasmanian school and child missing out every year," Mr Wightman said.
"On average, every school is missing out on $630,000 every year."
Statistics released by the union show the biggest funding gap is at Launceston College with an $11.5 million shortfall over four years.
Riverside Primary School is underfunded by $5.9 million and Don College by $6 million.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff wrote off the Australian Education Union's concerns as an anti-Liberal stunt seen during every election campaign.
"The reality is the Tasmanian Liberal Government has invested record funding into education since 2014 with the 2020-21 budget including $7.5 billion for education," he said.
Mr Rockliff said the government had employed 269 additional full-time-equivalent teachers since 2014 and 250 more teacher assistants.
"The current bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth delivers certainty for Tasmanian government schools with an additional $340 million being delivered over 10 years," Mr Rockliff said.
"This funding is flowing to targeted areas of need including students with disability and building capacity in schools to support the needs of students impacted by trauma."
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