Charter school opponents have welcomed Chris Hipkins' private members' bill that could see the abolition of charter schools in New Zealand.
Teachers' union NZEI Te Riu Roa is hopeful the proposed legislation will give the government an opportunity to admit that charter schools are a failed experiment. National Secretary Paul Goulter says the bill is an opportunity to have a discussion about how best to help all children succeed at school.
“We would urge the government to talk to educators and to come up with real solutions to children not succeeding at school such as addressing poverty and the country's ballooning inequality," says Goulter. “All New Zealand children deserve to be taught in a properly funded public education system by qualified teachers."
Hipkins agrees that charter schools are a threat to New Zealand's education system.
“Charter schools don’t have a place in the current system. This Bill will establish a transition period for the schools to apply for different status in the system and for families to make different arrangements if needed.
“It’s time to put education first and end this experiment,” says Hipkins.
ACT party leader and charter school proponent David Seymour says he welcomes the debate but has a list of questions for Mr Hipkins, including whether he had ever visited a charter school.
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