United Future not supporting Charter Schools

Peter Dunne has announced that he will not be voting for Charter Schools. Andrea Vance reports on Stuff:

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne says he will vote against legislation establishing charter schools.

However, the Government still looks to have the numbers, with the Maori Party giving support at the Bill’s second reading.

The education and science select committee reported back to Parliament last week on the Education Amendment Bill and it is due to have its second reading in Parliament later this month.

Associate Education Minister and ACT party leader John Banks wants the first schools up and running next year.

Dunne says he’s not convinced by the charter schools model and he is particularly concerned at proposals which will allow charter schools to employ teachers who are not registered or nationally certified.

The United Future leader is also worried the schools will not be compelled to follow the National curriculum.

“The current system already provides for a significant range of schooling opportunities, and I cannot see there is a need to introduce the partnership schools approach to achieve the level of flexibility the proponents of partnership schools are seeking,” he said.

Dunne has close contacts in education, and will have discussed this within the party. This is the first I have heard of it. I’m not a party of policy or voting decisions, I haven’t had anything to do with this decision.

I’ve only thought about Charter Schools superficially, but I’m not yet convinced they shouldn’t be allowed to be tried in some circumstances. For me Charter Schools need more research.

Dunne’s statement:

Media Release
Hon Peter Dunne
Leader of UnitedFuture

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Dunne: UnitedFuture to oppose charter schools

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says he will vote against legislation to establish charter schools when it returns to Parliament.

“I advised the Prime Minister of this last evening, and the Minister and Associate Minister of Education this morning,” Mr Dunne said.

He said that while UnitedFuture supports choice and flexibility within the education system, it has not been persuaded that the charter schools model is either necessary or desirable to achieve that.

“The current system already provides for a significant range of schooling opportunities, and I cannot see there is a need to introduce the partnership schools approach to achieve the level of flexibility the proponents of partnership schools are seeking,” he said.

Mr Dunne said UnitedFuture is extremely concerned at other aspects of the proposed legislation such as partnership schools not needing to employ nationally certified and registered teachers, nor follow the national curriculum, while at the same time being fully funded by the taxpayer.

 

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