Polling shows Kiwis support charter schools

BY ACT at 21 March, 2018


“Polling conducted by Curia Market Research shows New Zealanders support charter schools remaining open and disapprove of the Government’s handling of the issue”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


57 per cent of decided voters agreed charter schools should be allowed to continue operating in their current form, while 60 per cent of decided voters disapprove of the way the Government is dealing with charter schools.


“The Government is on the wrong side

Why is Hipkins Hiding the Final Charter Schools Report?

BY ACT at 16 March, 2018


ACT Leader David Seymour is questioning why Education Minister Chris Hipkins is suppressing the final Martin Jenkins evaluation of charter schools.


“I wonder if Mr Hipkins is not bullying Martin Jenkins into modifying the report to talk down the schools?”, asks Mr Seymour.


In 2014, the Ministry of Education contracted Martin Jenkins to deliver an independent evaluation of the performance of the charter school model. Its reports were to be delivered between

#SaveCharterSchools: Submissions Open, Over 2500 Sign Petition

BY ACT at 2 March, 2018


The #SaveCharterSchools campaign is well underway with submissions now open on the Bill to scrap charter schools and over 2500 New Zealanders signing the petition to save them in just a couple of weeks.


“Chris Hipkins and the teachers’ unions have spread so many mistruths about charter schools we have set up a section on the savecharters.kiwi website to bust their myths.


“If New Zealanders value educational choice for students

Minister Will Be Breaking Law in 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Days

BY ACT at 22 February, 2018


“The Government’s botched handling of Partnership Schools continues with an incredible walk-out of the entire Partnership School Authorisation Board”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The Board, appointed to approve applications of new Partnership Schools and monitor the performance of existing ones, must contain five members under the Education Act.

“If the Minister does not appoint five individuals to make up the Partnership School Authorisation Board by the end of this month, he will be

Seymour Invites Obama to Visit Charter School

BY ACT at 22 February, 2018


ACT Leader David Seymour has invited former US President Barack Obama to visit a charter school during his upcoming visit of New Zealand.


“Charter schools were a fundamental part of President Obama’s education reforms. He perfectly summed up their logic during ‘National Charter Schools Week’ in 2012:


‘Charter schools serve as incubators of innovation. These institutions give educators the freedom to cultivate new teaching models and develop creative methods to meet students’ needs.