The Herald reports:
The $250-a-seat fundraiser was for a school run by the He Puna Marama Trust in Whangarei.
Charter or “partnership” schools are publicly-funded but privately-run, and are strongly opposed by education unions.
Labour has pledged to scrap charter schools and its education spokesman Chris Hipkins has frequently attacked the model during Parliamentary question time.
Despite this, Mr Davis, the party’s associate education (Maori education) spokesman, attended the fundraiser with fellow Labour MP Peeni Henare.
That was despite leader Andrew Little asking them not to.
Good on them. They know that some charter schools are making a real difference with Maori kids who have been failing in the public school system. They decided to stand by their constituents, rather than their party.
He Puna Marama is considered by government as a successful example of the charter school model, used most recently by the Productivity Commission as a case study of why New Zealand should privatise social services.
It gained favourable NCEA marks last year, with at least 85 per cent of students achieving across all NCEA levels.
Yet Labour wants it closed down.
However, the trust has drawn criticism from the Labour Party and teachers’ unions, who say its schools are funded at a higher rate than state schools, which is unfair.
False. They get the same or less funding of a state school of the same size, decile and age.