John Banks was interviewed on Q+A about charter schools. It seems they are on track:
Act Party leader John Banks says there won’t be any changes to legislation around the controversial partnership schools despite opposition parties continuing their objections to elements of the bill such as allowing unqualified teachers.
The Education Amendment Bill, which would establish charter schools, known as partnership schools, was expected to pass in Parliament with the support of National, Act and the Maori Party.
Mr Banks told TVNZ’s Q+A programme today it was not insignificant the Maori Party would want to support the bill.
“Because every second young Maori leaves school after 12 years of schooling without NCEA level 2, no numeracy or literacy.”
He said the Maori Party had not asked for any changes to the bill in exchange for their support of it.
Mr Banks said there had been interest from iwi, church groups, industry-based groups and existing schools in the partnership school programme.
“This is going to be a paradigm shift for some of our poorest families in this country – particularly Maori and Pacifica.”
There would initially be just a handful of partnership schools, but that number would increase to 50 or 60 across the country in ten years time, Mr Banks said.
He could not say where the first of the schools would be set up, but legislation stopped them from “cherry-picking” the best students.
Labour are opposed to better outcomes and have said they would close down all charter schools, irrespective of whether or not parents are getting great vaue for their children from them.