Only ACT supports a serious conversation with millennials

National’s defence of the failed interest-free student loan scheme leaves only ACT prepared to discuss the policy.

“Today’s New Zealand Initiative report confirms what ACT has believed all along," says ACT Leader David Seymour.  "The 2005 decision to remove all interest from student loans was a cynical bribe that has not made access more equal or millennials better off.

Fourth Partnership Schools application round opens

David Seymour, Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education has welcomed the opening of the fourth round of applications to establish Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua (Partnership Schools).

This round, announced last month, will see successful applicants opening their school(s) in 2018.

Tracey Martin spreads misinformation

Tracey Martin is spreading misinformation about teacher qualification at Partnership Schools, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Tracey Martin has said that Partnership Schools can ‘put untrained and unqualified individuals into classrooms’,” says Mr Seymour.

“That is simply untrue.  Any Partnership School teachers that are not registered with the Education Council must have an exemption provided by the school showing their alternative qualifications, skills, and experience and demonstrating how these assets will lift achievement.

ACT applauds Teach First expansion

ACT Leader David Seymour has applauded the Government’s decision to push on with the Teach First policy.

“We need a wider range of pathways to ensure that talented individuals are put in front of Kiwi students. Teach First fulfils this need,” says Mr Seymour.

“We know that teacher quality is one of the most important determinants to ensure student success, so targeting top graduates is a no-brainer.

Newmarket school building funds welcome – Seymour

Epsom MP David Seymour has welcomed Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye’s commitment to building eight new classrooms at Newmarket Primary.

“I frequently visit the school and it is an outstanding learning environment led by a great principal,” said Mr Seymour.  “It is good to see the Government investing in expanding quality schools.”

The announcement comes as Auckland Council seeks to concentrate growth in the centre of the city.

State school failure shows value of Partnership Schools

Failing state schools are avoiding closure, which shows the value of the Partnership Schools model, says ACT Leader David Seymour. A New Zealand Initiative report shows some state schools poorly perform for at least a decade.

“It’s an open secret that certain state schools just aren’t up to scratch, even after years of negative reviews and interventions,” said Mr Seymour.

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools to open in 2018 and 2019

Students and parents will be offered greater choice in education as a result of Budget 2016’s funding for around seven new Partnership Schools|Kura Hourua, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour says.

The schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017.

“The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says.

“Last year, for example, we received 26 applications, well in excess of the funding available.

Under-Secretary welcomes independent entity to support Partnership Schools

An independent Partnership School support entity, E Tipu E Rea, has been established to support new, existing, and prospective Partnership School sponsors and will receive a conditional funding grant.

“The development of an independent support entity shows the maturation of the policy, bringing Partnership Schools into line with international charter school models,” Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour says.

“England has the New Schools Network, New York has the New York Charter School Centre, and New Zealand now has E Tipu E Rea.

ACT welcomes cross-party support for Partnership Schools

ACT, National and the Maori Party have pledged to vote down Chris Hipkins’ Charter Schools Abolition Bill.

“Labour’s mean-spirited bill sought to close down all eight partnership schools and force 900 students to go elsewhere,” says ACT leader David Seymour.

“This is despite the very promising initial results from these schools.  It’s crazy that Labour wants to close schools that deliver outstanding NCEA results for kids who have struggled in the state system.

Funding policy to blame for Corelli school liquidation

ACT Leader David Seymour has criticised the unfair playing field for private schools in response to the liquidation of Corelli International Academic School of the Arts.

“It’s deeply disappointing to see such a respected private school threatened with closure due to financial obstacles,” says Mr Seymour.

“These schools compete with state schools, but at huge disadvantage. Private school funding was capped 15 years ago, the same year Corelli was founded, while state school funding has increased year-on-year.

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