October 17, 2018
Charter school claimants push for urgency
Kura Hourua claimants are seeking urgency for their claim against the end of the charter school experiment.
All 11 kura hourua or publicly funded private schools will close at the end of the year and reopen in the new year as either special character schools or integrated schools within the state system.
Claimants Sir Toby Curtis, Dame Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi, Dame Tariana Tūria and Pem Bird say the schools were achieving extraordinary results for young Māori.
Sir Toby say's Education Minister Chris Hipkins has acted unilaterally, without considering evidence of the school's success and without consulting Māori.
He says educational success is key for whānau who have aspirations for a better life for their children and who are seeking to escape deprivation and poverty, so closing the schools means the Government’s claims that the reduction of child poverty and the welfare of young people is a paramount focus that lacks substance.
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