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.

Partnership School debate welcomed

ACT Leader David Seymour welcomes a debate on abolishing partnership schools, but has some questions for bill sponsor Chris Hipkins.

“Has Chris Hipkins ever visited a partnership school?” asks Mr Seymour.

“Does he have the support of Labour MPs with partnership schools in their electorates?

“Will he close down existing partnership schools? If not, why not?

“Did he draft his bill in consultation with the teacher unions? Has he received congratulations from the unions or their offices since his bill was drawn?

Seymour challenges Dom Post editorial writer to name themselves and visit a Partnership School

ACT Leader David Seymour is challenging the author of the Dominion Post’s editorial Unfair bias to charter schools to identify themselves and actually visit Partnership Schools Kura Hourua.

“The Dom Post’s editorial page has featured a string of attacks on and insinuation about Partnership Schools. These columns are anonymous, but the paranoid hyperbole appears to be that of a single author. They ought to name themselves, so they can be accountable for their claims.

Labour chooses votes over education quality

Since Labour introduced interest free student loans, New Zealand’s Universities have tumbled down the world rankings, and ACT Leader David Seymour says that the two are connected.

“Labour’s approach to education is funding for votes, and quality be damned,” says Mr Seymour.

Since 2006 the University of Auckland has fallen from 46th to 82nd, and Otago to 173rd from 79th.

Seymour supports proposal for school closure

ACT Leader David Seymour supports the Minister of Education’s proposal to terminate the agreement under which Whangaruru partnership school Te Pūmanawa o te Wairua operates.

“The possibility of occasional school failures was accepted during both the formulation of the policy and the authorisation of each school,” said Mr Seymour.

Funding changes a big win for med students

ACT Leader David Seymour says the Government’s move to give medical students a longer period of loan eligibility is a big win for medical students.

“The cap on funding at seven years of study is there to stop students using study as a holiday, however I know my friends at med school certainly aren’t having a holiday and they deserve to be supported throughout their study."

Huge opportunities in tertiary Partnership School sponsorship

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the introduction of the Education Legislation Bill, which will allow tertiary institutions to apply to sponsor Partnership Schools.

“This is paving the way for unprecedented innovation, allowing New Zealand’s highest learning institutions to apply their resources and expertise to secondary and primary age students," said Mr Seymour.

Education (Charter Schools Curriculum) Amendment Bill - First reading

DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): I rise on behalf of the ACT Party in opposition to this bill. We in this House have great privileges and a great deal of time and opportunity to use them, with the ultimate product supposedly being better public policy for all New Zealanders. I am afraid to say that this bill and the speech by the member moving it, Phil Goff, last time we met for a members’ day, fails dismally on that test.

Hipkins tries to make bad from good

“The contest within Labour over whether or not to support the partnership schools that are already helping numerous Kiwi kids has boiled over today, with a bizarre press release from Labour Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Mr Hipkins was reacting to NZ Herald speculation that some US philanthropists may, possibly in conjunction with Ngai Tahu, build another partnership school in New Zealand.

“Whether that might happen I have no idea, but most kiwis would think that a wonderful thing,” said Mr Seymour.