Charter school fight will end up in court - David Seymour

Your Sunday 25/02/2018
David Seymour. Credit: Getty.

The ACT Party leader is predicting Education Minister Chris Hipkins will land himself in court over the scrapping of charter schools.

David Seymour joined RadioLIVE's Trudi Nelson on Your Sunday strongly refuting the Education Minister's concern about the schools.

David Seymour says Mr Hipkins is going about it all wrong.

"It's one thing to disagree on whether they're good and whether they should exist, but the way he's gone about it - seeking to eradicate them, publicly write them off without even asking the question or seeking any advice about whether they work, or why the people that go to those schools want them - is just so immature.

"I suspect he's going to land himself in court before this is over," Mr Seymour said.

He may have been a successful student politician when he was at university, but he's now the Minister of Education with a $12 billion budget.

Charter schools are state-funded but can set their own curriculum and don't have to hire registered teachers. The Ministry of Education is presently negotiating their transition to state integration, which allows them to keep their 'special character'.

Mr Seymour says he is yet to get a response from former US President Barack Obama after writing to him for support on the matter. 

"Charter schools were a key priority for your administration," he wrote in the letter.

"We share a belief that education can have a transformational impact on the lives of young people."

Mr Obama's upcoming visit is reportedly part of a promotion for Air New Zealand.

Listen to the full interview with David Seymour above.

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RadioLIVE - with additional reporting by Newshub.