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NZEI calls on MPs to defend public education today

Published: Wed 9 Nov 2016 02:05 PM
NZEI calls on MPs to defend public education today
NZEI Te Riu Roa is calling on MPs to vote for the future of public education today, by using a one-off opportunity to make American-style charter schools history.
Parliament is today voting on Labour's Chris Hipkins' bill to abolish the charter school model.
"Today is an opportunity to defend New Zealand's public education system from efforts to privatise and Americanise our chidrens' education," NZEI National Secretary Paul Goulter said.
"Charter schools have been used as a tool to decimate the public education system in America, and we call on all MPs to use the opportunity to protect our public education today.
"Charter schools suck up funding that should be used to pay for quality public education, for every New Zealand child.
"Education experts don't back charter schools, big business does. We're calling on MPs to put children ahead of ideology today and relegate the charter school failure to history," Mr Goulter said.
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