The Greens are vowing to get rid of charter schools if they're part of the next government, while NZ First is warning that taxpayers could end up funding family businesses.
The government revealed details of the first five charter schools on Tuesday.
Set to open in February next year and part of a support agreement with the ACT Party, they've been controversial from the start hong kong company register.
They'll be taxpayer funded but can be run by business, church or community groups.
The schools will be able to hire unregistered teachers and set their own curriculum and term times.
The rationale is that they will be able to tailor teaching to suit the needs of students who aren't succeeding in the state system, but opponents say they're a dangerous experiment.
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says they're a body blow to public education.
"It's all about reducing the cost of education in the long term by allowing businesses to run schools cheaply by employing unqualified staff registration of company in Hong Kong," she said.
"A government with the Greens in it won't allow lower-quality schools for disadvantaged children."
NZ First's education spokeswoman, Tracey Martin, says one of the schools - the Vanguard Military School - is being sponsored by a family business called Advance Training Centres.
"It's owned by the Hyde family, who have run a private school in Albany since 1995," she said.
"Taxpayers will be pumping money directly into the coffers of an established private family business Business Registry Hong Kong."
Teacher unions fiercely oppose charter schools and so does the Labour Party, which hasn't reacted to Tuesday's announcement because new leader David Cunliffe is sorting out caucus responsibilities.
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