Labour has accused the Government of “throwing money” at charter schools with new figures showing they cost as much as five times more than state schools.
Labour education spokesman Chris Hipkins said today that newly established charter schools were receiving up to $40,000 per student per year compared with the average of $7000 for state schools.
“A handful of children are being funded at a much greater rate than the bulk of Kiwi kids,” Hipkins said.
This is beyond misleading. Charter schools get the *exact* same funding as public schools. That funding is dependent on size. A smaller school gets more per pupil than a larger school. So Hipkins is comparing small tiny schools with massive schools. Also new schools get funded for basically one off capital and property expenses.
“There is no doubt every state and integrated school in the country could dramatically improve their students’ results if their funding was increased to match that given to charter schools,” Hipkins said.
Their funding is the same as charter schools.
Education Minister Hekia Parata told Parliament that small schools cost more whether they were charter schools or state ones.
“There is a different range depending on what the size of the school is, what the nature of the achievement level required,” she said.
A brand new public school of 100 students will get the same funding as a brand new charter school of 100 students. Chippie knows this.