Will Jackson, Henare and Davis make a stand for charter schools?

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Employment Minister Willie Jackson

Back in February this year Willie Jackson, Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis were all confident that the charter schools they support would be able to successfully transition to state schools. Quote.

 […] Employment Minister Willie Jackson says the designated character school model was never flexible enough for those schools which became charter schools.

[…] Education Minister Chris Hipkins is now prepared to make the necessary tweaks to legislation to allow a pathway for the eleven charter schools that under a Labour-led Government will cease to exist.

Youth minister Peeni Henare

Jackson, Labour deputy leader Kelvin Davis and Youth Minister Peeni Henare, who all have connections with charter schools in Auckland and Northland, fronted media […]

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Labour deputy leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis says there will be no need for him to resign because charter schools will be able to transition to something else.

Labour deputy leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis says there will be no need for him to resign because charter schools will be able to transition to something else.

[…] Ahead of last year’s election Davis said he would resign if the two charter schools in his Te Tai Tokerau electorate were closed.

[…] “We’re very confident that together we’ll make sure this transition happens … with very little fuss. In fact, the students and their whanau should really notice no difference whatsoever.”

Davis said it was clear the designated character model needed to be “tweaked” and “the process needs to be improved” […]

[…] The MPs were united that the school system needed to be more flexible and the Government was prepared to make changes to allow an easy transition for those students currently at charter schools.End of quote.

None of Education minister Chris Hipkins’ promised  “tweaks” have been made to the legislation to allow a pathway for the eleven charter schools to transition. The process has not been improved and Education minister Chris Hipkins has shown himself to be a liar.

All of the schools on Tuesday were sent a ‘notice of intention to terminate’. Their contract with the Crown specifies that they now must advise their school community of this notice with three school days and they have been given an opportunity to provide a case to the minister within ten working days as to why their contract should not be terminated.

This has left Willie Jackson, Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis with no choice (if they are men of honour and integrity) but to make a stand for these schools to ensure that they are able to stay open one way or another.

The partnership schools have begged for the changes to the legislation to be made so that they can easily transition but they have been completely ignored. I can therefore only conclude that the promised ‘easy transition’ is a complete farce.

Why isn’t Kelvin Davis tendering his resignation?  By his words and the words of Willie Jackson and Peeni Henare, the schools cannot transition with the legislation as it currently stands.

Credit: Luke


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