Maori and Pasifika are embracing charter schools with 18 of the 25 applicants for new charter schools coming from those communities.
Clearly there is massive dissatisfaction with current education models.
The authorisation board said 25 organisations had applied to set up more of the publicly funded private schools to open in 2017.
It said much of the interest was from educators and community groups representing Māori and Pasifika people, and most of the applications were from the North Island.
The board’s chair, Catherine Isaac, said the level of interest reflected confidence in the charter school system and showed it worked well.
“We do see it as a vote of confidence in a policy that is connecting innovators with disadvantaged students whose needs are not being met by the existing state school system.”
Ms Isaac said the board would evaluate the proposals over the next two months and announce its decisions by next year.