Teacher unions politically threaten charter organisations

Remarkable action from teacher groups actively opposing charter schools by making political threats.

Teacher unions trying to head-off charter schools

Teacher unions have written to aspiring charter school operators in a last-ditch attempt to warn them off setting up the schools.

Radio New Zealand’s education correspondent said the letters are the first time the Post Primary Teachers Association and the Educational Institute have directly lobbied groups wanting to set up the schools, which the government is calling partnership schools.

The letters say the schools could be cancelled as early as November next year with no compensation because opposition parties have vowed to abolish them.

They are being sent to 35 organisations that expressed interest in the schools, four of which are known to have made it to negotiations with the Government.

PPTA president Angela Roberts said charter schools will damage nearby state schools.

Directly promoting party politics with threats – regardless of the pros and cons of charter schools I think this is disgraceful behaviour from the teacher unions.

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