Dunne: UnitedFuture to oppose charter schools
Thursday, 18 April
Dunne: UnitedFuture to oppose charter
UnitedFuture leader Peter
Dunne says he will vote against legislation to establish
charter schools when it returns to Parliament.
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.
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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