6 Nov 2015

New round of charter school bids detailed

2:23 pm on 6 November 2015

Māori and Pasifika groups have dominated the latest application round for new charter schools.

The charter school about a week before opening in February.

A charter schoool in Whangaruru. Photo: RNZ / Lois Williams

The board that authorises the publicly-funded private schools has published a list of the 26 applicants seeking permission to open more of them in 2017.

The 26 applications include 18 from Māori or Pasifika groups, continuing a trend evident in the past two application rounds.

There are 10 applications from Auckland, as well as bids from Kaeo in Northland, Gisborne, Palmerston North and Christchurch.

Twelve applications are for secondary schools, even though the brief for this round of applications said primary schools were preferred.

Several applications are from organisisations that specialise in special needs education.

The authorisation board said it would evaluate the applications over the next two months.

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