30 May 2013

Bid to change charter school legislation fails

7:09 pm on 30 May 2013

Legislation that would set up charter schools has passed its committee stages in Parliament with no changes.

Under the legislation, the publicly-funded private schools will not have to employ registered teachers, nor follow the national curriculum or be subject to the scrutiny of the Official Information Act.

The Labour Party sought to reverse the provisions, while the Greens also put up an amendment that would have made the Education Minister consider the existing network of schools before starting a charter school.

However, none of the amendments were supported.

The bill will have its third and final reading on Parliament's next available sitting day.