February 12, 2018
Charter end creates opportunities for kura
Education Minister Chris Hipkins has introduced legislation to end the publicly-funded private schools, which would have the choice of becoming special character schools within the state system.
More than half the pupils in charter schools are Maori, and Mr Cormick says they won't be without a school.
Mr Cormick says charter schools were not fair, and they took attention from other parts of the education system that deserved support.
"Kura kaupapa Maori, kura a iwi are the special character schools which are providing an awesome education for those whanau choosing to have their tamariki educated there," he says.
Mainstream schools are also paying more attention to their Maori pupils, with principals coming together in maori achievement collabopratives to address bias and share ideas and teaching strategies.
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