Govt Admits Charter Schools Success

BY ACT at 17 September, 2018


The Government today admitted defeat on Charter Schools by giving the stamp of approval to the final two of 12 Charter Schools that applied to become designated character or state integrated schools. 


Waatea School in Auckland and Tūranga Tangata Rite in Gisborne will now continue to open in 2019 and 2020 respectively.


“Last year Education Minister Chris Hipkins, with the backing of the Teachers Union, made it his mission to abolish Charter

Martin must apologise to charter schools

BY ACT at 14 September, 2018


Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin should publicly apologise to charter schools and students over her outrageous comments during a debate on the Education Amendment Bill, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Referring to charter schools during the debate, Martin said that ‘…some of us wouldn’t put our dog in them.’


“Martin – who is the Minister for Children – also decided to bring National MP Nicola Willis’ family into the debate by claiming

More ideas where Partnership Schools came from

BY ACT at 1 August, 2018


“The ACT Party congratulates Simon Bridges on coming around to Partnership Schools and promising to reinstate them when next in Government”, says Party Leader David Seymour. 


“Bridges admitted recently that he ‘didn’t think much’ of charter schools until he visited Vanguard Military School in April.


“ACT is the party of ideas and there are plenty more where Partnership Schools came from. 


Among other policies, ACT has pushed for:


A time limit

Govt admits defeat on charter schools

BY ACT at 24 July, 2018


The Government today has admitted defeat on charter schools by allowing six to remain open, says ACT Leader David Seymour. 


“However, there is still uncertainty over one school thanks to ministerial incompetence.


“Chris Hipkins has finally come to the realisation that the schools are lifting engagement and achievement for about 1500 students. 


“Charter schools are a popular ACT idea – 57 per cent of New Zealanders believe they should stay open.



Will Labour’s Māori MPs stand up for charter schools?

BY ACT at 5 July, 2018


Labour’s Māori MPs have the opportunity to stand up and support Māori students in light of a new Treaty claim over the Government’s charter school policy, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


The Government has handled charter schools with such arrogance it is now facing a Waitangi Tribunal claim from educationalists Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi.


“Labour’s Māori MPs went off the party list and won every Māori seat.


“Māori will be asking themselves what