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’.



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

Charter school board accused Govt of “mistruths”

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


Before resigning in protest at the Government’s decision to close charter schools, the Board set up to oversee them wrote a scathing letter to Education Minister Chris Hipkins.


The Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua Authorisation Board resigned en masse on 1 March, saying it would play no part in implementing the Government’s decision.


“The Board wrote that it was concerned about the ‘many half-truths’ and ‘mistruths’ that the Government had used to attack charter schools”,

Govt’s Māori education approach a disgrace

BY ACT at 2 May, 2018


The Government plans to close a successful all-Māori charter school while its officials say serious action is required to lift Māori achievement.


The Ministry of Education has told the Government that a bold step is needed to improve Māori educational results by tackling unconscious bias in the state education system.


“This advice comes a day after it was revealed that a charter school with a 100 per cent Māori roll

Beginning of the end for Jacinda

BY ACT at 30 April, 2018


“The decision to close charter schools goes against everything Jacinda Ardern says she stands for and will irreparably tarnish her brand”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“This is the beginning of the end for her. It’s still a way off, but we’ll look back at the handling of charter schools as the first sign Brand Jacinda was a fake front.


“The Prime Minister said she would put ‘kids at the heart of