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Dunne: UnitedFuture to oppose charter schools

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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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