Free Press Monday 18 February 2018

BY ACT at 20 February, 2018


Last Week in Parliament

The Government continued to roll out unimaginative and damaging legislation. The bill to abolish Partnership Schools shows a Government with no vision other than ideological utu and union payback. David Seymour ripped into them here. Jacinda Ardern’s pet project of Child Poverty Reduction is not about child poverty but measuring differences in income. Here is Seymour on the bill.

Government in Trouble on Partnership Schools

Even students think student


Twyford Reveals Ignorance About School in Own Electorate

BY ACT at 9 February, 2018


“Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford this morning revealed that he knows little about education in his own electorate, and little about his Government’s policy on Partnership Schools,” says ACT Leader David Seymour

“Twyford said, in reference to Middle School West Auckland, that Partnership Schools would be fine so long as they were able ’employed trained and qualified teachers’ and ‘taught the curriculum’

“Middle School West Auckland is a Partnerhsip School in the centre of the


Union Rep Simply Wrong on Overseas Charter Evidence

BY ACT at 9 February, 2018


“NZEI Secretary Paul Goulter is simply wrong when he says that charter schools have failed overseas,” says ACT Leader David Seymour

“Anyone with Google can quickly find that the schools have raised student achievement above that of local state schools wherever they have been tried.

“In the United States, the most comprehensive research comes from Stanford University’s Center for Research in Educational Outcomes (CREDO) has made findings such as: ‘Students in poverty, black


Partnership School Massacre Shows Government’s True Colours

BY ACT at 8 February, 2018


“It’s ideology over evidence and payoffs to union backers as the Government seeks to massacre Partnership Schools despite their popularity and success. Today’s announcement shows the juvenile and callous nature of a Government led by ex student politians.

“Partnership Schools are working, over 1500 students attend the fledgling schools, most of which have had to turn students away due to rapid growth. Struggling kids were having their lives turned around, but this Government will massacre


Free Press Monday 5th February 2018

BY ACT at 5 February, 2018


Last Week in Parliament

The Government introduced legislation to prevent MPs leaving their party. David Seymour pointed out in the House it was fundamentally because of Winston Peters’ paranoia that his MPs would abandon him (but Free Press has recognized a second reason, see below). They introduced legislation to allow teachers to elect members of the Education Council. Some even claimed this would help the teacher shortage, Seymour pointed out that paying them