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ACT Supports Principal's Stand Against Zoning

ACT Supports Principal's Stand Against Zoning

Thursday 4 Dec 2003 Deborah Coddington Press Releases -- Education

ACT New Zealand Education Spokesman Deborah Coddington today congratulated Napier Principal Robin Edwards for refusing to comply with Education Ministry instructions to develop an enrolment scheme for Meeanee School.

Mr Edward's was right when he said school zoning takes away parents' rights to choose a school for their children and that it props up under-performing schools by maintaining their roles," Miss Coddington said.

"Zoning is an unfair, elitist practice that forces children into dysfunctional schools and blocks parental choice. It creates a disincentive for top schools to maintain their standards and vice-versa.

"Education Minister Trevor Mallard must abandon zoning to give every school and every child an equal chance at success.

"ACT supports Mr Edwards' brave stand, will repeal zoning and bring choice to every New Zealand parent and child. It's time to let parents choose," Miss Coddington said.

ENDS


For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.


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