The next time you hear Labour hate on charter schools, don’t believe them.
Because the truth is a wedge of Labour actually thinks charter schools are all good. And this group is led by none other than its associate education spokesman Kelvin Davis.
It shows a major policy divide within Labour.
One side, led by education spokesman Chris Hipkins and the teacher unions have a pathological hatred for the privately run schools.
The other side, led by Davis, see that the schools can work particularly in Maori education.
Davis is not captured by the unions.
Charter schools are hated by the teacher unions because they are privately run and don’t have to use registered teachers or conform to the rules like other schools.
But this kind of independent schooling is not new to Maori – Kura Kaupapa schools have been a different model with different outcomes.
If you view charter schools with a Maori focus as an extension of this then it is not so controversial.
Instead of listening to the unions, it seems Davis is listening to his people when it comes to charter schools.
And don’t forget that Davis is a former Northland principal with a deep understanding of the educational issues out there.
If Little was ballsy, he’d make Davis the Education Spokesperson.