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ACT The Liberal Party Rodney Hide

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Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Metiria Turei

Ensure the Special Education Grant (SEG) is adequate and can provide for the assistance that is needed for the actual number of special needs children in each school
Fund special needs units attached to schools to ensure they remain a viable choice for parents of children with special needs
Provide resources to schools and Group Special Education to ensure the government meets its legal obligations to children with special education needs
Ensure that all children who have been identified as having a special learning need, have an IEP in partnership with the child, their whanau/family, teachers, and special education professionals
Ensure that blind children, as appropriate, are provided with Braille, low vision, and orientation and mobility instruction, and that deaf children are taught, as appropriate, sign language and other communication skills and techniques

New Zealand Labour Party Hon Chris Carter

From 1 July 2007, there will be 20 hours free education per week for 3 and 4 year-olds in teacher-led community-based centres
Continue to develop capacity in Pasifika communities to deliver early childhood education in Pasifika languages to foster participation of Pasifika peoples
Support initiatives within the health sector to identify barriers to early learning
Implement a high profile Education Information Programme for Families and Communities to increase their involvement and support in children’s learning
Expand the Adult Literacy Learning Pool and Workplace Literacy funds to ensure that more good education projects get off the ground

Maori Party Te Ururoa Flavell  
National Party of New Zealand Katherine Rich

Encourage disability awareness in teacher training
Re-assess special education funding criteria
Support choice for individuals and their families in accessing education

New Zealand First Hon Brian Donnelly

Review the Ongoing Reviewable Resource scheme funding with a view to ensuring that more funding is made available to directly meet the needs of the child as documented through the Individual Education Plan process
Review the student/teacher ratio for Blind and Vision Impaired students from 1:35 towards 1:15
Ensure resources are available to all students with disabilities on an equitable basis
Ensure that the objectives of the New Zealand Sign Language legislation are fully carried out

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner

Support the decisions of parents of special needs children who wish to enrol them in regular settings, units attached to schools or special schools
Fund extra reading tuition for children who show difficulty with literacy by the time they have reached the third year of primary school

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