Charter schools have cost taxpayers $63 million in operational funding since 2015. Closing them down could add another $12m to the price of the educational experiment.
Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis has brushed off a formal complaint from one of the charter schools in the Government’s firing line, saying he is not showing any favouritism to those within his electorate.
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Jacinda Ardern hopes a compromise will resolve a potentially nasty clash with Labour's Maori MPs and iwi leaders over the future of charter schools. Thomas Coughlan reports the two sides remain far apart.
Labour's attempts to hold a firm line on charter schools have been undermined by the party's new list candidate Willie Jackson, who has been a strong advocate for the schools and is CEO of Manukau Urban Maori Authority, which sponsors Te Kura Maori o Waatea charter school in South Auckland.
When partnership schools were first set up some of them struggled to reach the guaranteed minimum rolls for which they were funded, but with several hundred students now on their rolls, the management of the schools (popularly known as 'charter schools') are holding their breath until the election and hoping a Labour-Green government wouldn't have the heart to follow through with shutting them down.