Chris Hipkins has blogged:
The Green Party have announced today that they would seek to integrate any Charter Schools setup under National into the public education system. I don’t agree with that approach. Labour doesn’t see the need for Charter Schools. We have enough schools already. …
Labour’s message to anyone looking to setup a Charter School under National’s proposed legislation is to think very carefully. A future Labour government will not guarantee ongoing funding, we will not guarantee integration into the state school system. In short, we will not guarantee these schools a future.
This is like Labour on private prisons. We don’t care how successful you might be in improving outcomes for prisoners (or students) – we will close you down. In fact they are terrified that charter schools will be hugely popular in South Auckland, so they are trying to scare people off setting them up.