A visiting education activist believes the Government's proposed shake up of Christchurch schools is a clear sign charter schools are about to be forced on the region.
Visiting US education expert Karran Harper-Royal is speaking at the PPTA's annual conference today.
She says after Hurricane Katrina when school rolls fell, charter schools sprang up, pushing out neighbourhood schools.
Ms Harper-Royal says the plan to merge and close some Christchurch schools is ominous.
"There is a move afoot to privatise public education and one way to do that is to descend upon a community that is already hurting and push ideas that are not coming from the community."
Ms Harper-Royal denies she's scaremongering and says her comments are based on a real life disaster situation.