You’ve really got to love the Labour party.
First they complain that charter schools are getting too much funding, and now Chris Hipkins is complaining they aren’t spending enough.
The Minister of Education has been questioned over why a charter school has ended up with $2.5 million of unspent government funding sitting in its bank.
Hekia Parata has defended the funding of the school in Whangarei, saying it was performing well.
The first group of the publicly-funded private schools opened last year followed by a second group this year.
Labour MP Chris Hipkins challenged the minister today over charter school money, using Whangarei charter school Te Kura Hourua O Whangarei Terenga Paraoa, run by He Puna Marama Trust, as an example.
“How can she claim that the funds being given to partnership schools are being used for education when He Puna Marama Trust received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year – yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving $2.5 million unaccounted for?”
The minister said Mr Hipkins was “quoting selectively” from the accounts.
She said the trust was responsible for other schools, including early childhood centres and an academy. Read more »