Supporting Students with Additional Needs Sun 27 May 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Education and Skills Liz Banks Deputy Secretary, Department of Education The Minister for Education, Nick McKim, today said Mr Ferguson is being misleading and there have been no further savings demanded of education in the 2012-13 budget. Mr McKim said support services for children with high needs had been quarantined from the need to find savings and were in fact increased. "We recognise the challenges and difficulties Tasmanians face when they or their family members live with a disability," he said. "Education is important for every Tasmanian child and that is why we increased the special needs funding by $4.3 million to $68.1 million for the 2012 school year. "To suggest that this situation is caused by budget cuts is blatantly false fear-mongering by the Liberal Party." Department of Education Deputy Secretary Liz Banks said the article in today's Mercury did not reflect the school's position. "There has been no correspondence or official notification provided to the family in question regarding what support will be available next year," Ms Banks said. "Support provided is based on an assessment of a child's needs, which takes place in September of each year, and it is at this point that discussions begin with families to plan for the following year."