CPAG submission to government on Charter Schools

This bill creates the framework for the approval and establishment of charter schools (partnership schools kura hourua) that operate with greater flexibility and less accountability than existing public and private schools.

The bill undermines teacher quality by permitting charter schools to hire unqualified people to act as teachers; it will reduce transparency by making charter schools exempt from the Official Information Act; and it risks incoherent outcomes for pupils as it does not require the schools to follow the New Zealand Curriculum.

It is likely to drain resources from state schools that need more help not less at the expense of children left behind in these schools. We submit that the bill poses a threat to New Zealand’s world-leading quality public education system, and thus to the well-being of New Zealand’s children.

Full document: CPAG submission on Charter Schools