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Better Schools for every Tasmanian student

Labor’s Better Schools Plan will deliver an extra $382 million to Tasmanian schools to ensure each of the 82,400 Tasmanian school students can reach their full potential.

For Tasmania’s 259 schools this means, on average, around $1.5 million extra over the next six years.

Today Minister for Education Bill Shorten and Labor Candidate for Denison Jane Austin visited Guilford College in Glenorchy to discuss what the Better Schools Plan will deliver for staff and students.

The Better Schools Plan will mean more individual attention for students who need it most. And for those kids doing well, it will provide more opportunities to excel.

Better Schools will mean more support for kids with disability through classroom modification and assistive technology.

It will mean more money for equipment across the school such as sporting equipment, electronic whiteboards and IT equipment.

Labor’s priority is to make every school in this country a great school and to ensure every Australian child gets a world class education.

Tony Abbott has confirmed he wants to keep the current school funding system which would see schools worse off to the tune of more than $16 billion.

While Tony Abbott continues his same old negativity, the Rudd Labor Government is committed to working constructively with jurisdictions to help ensure no Australian students are left behind.

To find out funding for individual schools please visit: http://ministers.deewr.gov.au/shorten/funding-figures-show-how-much-public-funding-qld-wa-vic-tas-and-nt-government-schools-could

Media Contact: Andrew Porter 0419 474 392