Labour want to close schools with the highest attendance rates

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PM Jacinda Ardern congratulates a scholarship winner from a Partnership school that her government are closing down despite it having superior attendance rates.

Labour have an ideological and union-based aversion to success. New data on school attendance has revealed that the schools with the highest attendance rates (because students actually want to be taught) are the ones that our government are determined to close.

Unsurprisingly, the data shows that Partnership schools (Charter schools) outperform State schools but then success has never been a priority for Labour. They prefer everyone to have an equal opportunity to be mediocre rather than give some an opportunity to succeed outside the one size fits all state system.

In term two of 2017 truancy made up four percent of missed class time in state schools but, in contrast, the latest data on Partnership schools shows that no school had a truancy rate of more than 1.7 percent.

There is a reason why Charter schools are so much better than State schools at ensuring that their students are in school learning. Unlike State schools, they’re specifically contracted to ensure that truancy is low. They’re not allowed truancy rates above 2.8 percent. If a Partnership school performed as badly as the average State school on attendance, it would be at risk of closure. Meanwhile, State schools can achieve high rates of truancy year-on-year with little or no consequences.

Priority learners like those who attend Partnership Schools are statistically more likely than the average student to be truant. But at Partnership Schools they are showing up to learn. In other words, students underserved by the state system are effectively engaged by the alternative educational approaches offered by Partnership Schools.

This is one reason why Kiwis back Partnership Schools. New polling shows that 57 per cent of decided voters agreed Partnership Schools should be allowed to continue operating in their current form, while 60 per cent of decided voters disapprove of the way the Government is dealing with Partnership Schools.

“New Zealanders are beginning to learn what 1500 students already know: Partnership Schools change lives for the better.

-ACT leader David Seymour.

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