20 Feb 2014

Teachers veto helping charter school

10:18 pm on 20 February 2014

A Whangarei state secondary school has been forced to abandon plans to help out a local charter school, because of opposition from its own teachers.

The board of trustees at Whangarei Boys' High School was keen to sign a memorandum of understanding with the newly opened kura Te Kapeha Whetu, allowing some students to take some specialist classes at Boys' High.

But teachers at Boys' High and other local secondary schools have made it clear they will not teach charter school students, and threatened legal action if the board insisted.

Board chairperson Tim Robinson says he's very disappointed by the teachers' attitude.

The PPTA says charter schools undermine the state education system and should not be asking it to prop them up.