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


Unions try to deprive parents of choice

BY ACT at 3 July, 2018


 

“Teachers’ unions should stop interfering with charter schools and trying to deprive parents and students of choice”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

RNZ today reported that NZEI has made several submissions opposing applications for charter schools to re-join the state system as designated character schools.

 

“How is it the business of teachers’ unions which schools are allowed to remain open?

 

“Would we let bus drivers decide bus routes? Should we


Seymour challenges members of education committee

BY ACT at 25 June, 2018


 

ACT Leader David Seymour has today challenged members of the Education and Workforce Committee to visit a charter school in their area before they decide to close them down.

 

Mr Seymour this morning made his submission on the Education Amendment Bill which proposes to end the charter school model.

 

“No Government member of the Education and Workforce Committee has visited a charter school to see the outstanding results they are achieving.

 

“I


An offer charter schools couldn’t refuse

BY ACT at 16 May, 2018


 

The Education Minister has made charter schools an offer they couldn’t refuse: ‘conform or be closed’. 

 

“Chris Hipkins today confirmed that charter schools would either lose the precious liberties that have helped them serve some of our most disadvantaged students, or have their contracts terminated”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. 

 

“As Raewyn Tipene, chief executive of He Puna Marama Trust, put it, charter schools have applied to become special character schools ‘under duress’.

 

“Hipkins


Charter schools now in hands of union man

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


 

“It is both sad and ironic that charter schools will now be overseen by an ex-union boss”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

Chris Hipkins has announced that former NZEI president Bruce Adin will oversee an advisory group to replace the Partnership Schools Authorisation Board that resigned in protest in March.

 

“This shows just how close Labour is to the union movement.

 

“Chris Hipkins, right from the very start of his tenure as Education