The Labour party is trying to amend the Charter Schools legislation to force them to only hire registered teachers.
A last-ditch bid to modify the rules for charter schools will take place this week, with pressure expected to go on the Maori Party whose votes will decide whether legislation passes.
Labour has effectively conceded defeat in its battle against allowing a trial of the schools, which will be able to determine their own curriculum and can be staffed by teachers who are not registered.
But Labour education spokesman Chris Hipkins said he would be tabling a series of Supplementary Order Papers this week, suggesting amendments to the Education Amendment Bill when it sees its second reading.
These would impose teacher registration and curriculum requirements, as well as making the schools subject to the Official Information Act.
No problems with the OIA, but it should apply to any organisation in receipt of public funds including universities. The insistence on registered teachers though is farcical. Labur and the their paymasters the teacher unions claim it is to protect children. Read more »