Kelvin Davis’s report card isn’t looking good

The Villa Education Trust, which operates two partnership schools in Auckland, has laid a complaint with the Ministry of Education about Kelvin Davis. My post yesterday, Why is Kelvin Davis talking to the Maori Charters?, highlighted the issue that they have now raised officially.

Labour deputy leader and Kelvin Davis has had a complaint laid against him by a charter school that is questioning what involvement he has with another charter school while negotiations around their closure are going on. Davis is also the associate education minister.

An Auckland-based charter school has made an official complaint to the Ministry of Education about associate education minister Kelvin Davis.

Villa Education Trust, which operates two charter schools in Auckland, laid a complaint with the Ministry on Tuesday night about Davis’ visits to other charter schools.

Davis has close personal ties with the He Puna Marama Trust, which runs Te Kura Hourua O Whangarei Terenga Paraoa, in Whangarei – part of Davis’ Te Tai Tokerau electorate.

West Auckland Middle School
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There is another Charter school that is also in his electorate but he still has not acknowledged that fact and, to date, he has only shown interest and concern about the fate of “Maori” Charter schools.

On Tuesday Davis told media, “I’ve been working closely with He Puna Marama Trust, the CEO and the senior manager there and we’re very confident that together we’ll make sure this transition happens very easily with very little fuss.”

Kelvin Davis is clearly in their corner and is fighting for his pet school to be allowed to transition and stay open but he has totally neglected the other Charter school that is also in his electorate. Even worse, according to Education minister Chris Hipkins, the only people allowed to be involved in negotiations are ministry officials.

[…] Villa Education Trust spokesman Alwyn Poole raised concerns in an email to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins on Tuesday afternoon about what involvement Davis had in the negotiations between charter schools and the Ministry.

“Chris, you have refused to speak to us because this is in process, and you have stated that all negotiations are the role of the Ministry officials. Can you explain then why Kelvin Davis (associate Minister of Education) had been speaking to He Puna Marama and with the full knowledge of the Prime Minister,” he wrote.

Ministry of Education secretary Iona Holsted told MPs at an education select committee on Wednesday that the complaint she’d received on Tuesday night related to Davis.

“We will be responding to that complaint directly,” she said.[…]

Kelvin Davis’s report card is not looking good.

I give him an F for favouritism

And a D for disobedient

Will Jacinda Ardern punish him or just put him on the naughty chair?


– Stuff

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