The Government is to review the Education Act, which could bring changes to the way schools are opened, closed and merged.
Post Primary Teachers Association president Angela Roberts told Radio New Zealand (RNZ) that an independent organisation should be established to make these decisions.
The Government also wants to include a goal that aims to state what the education system is trying to achieve, and this could be used to guide future education policies.
The system of self-governing and self-managing schools, introduced with the current Education Act in 1989, has been left out of the review, RNZ reports.
More than 1800 submissions have received for the review, with education leaders hopeful it will bring improvement to the sector.
However there are doubts, with complaints the Government has 'ignored' the Education Council's views in previous consultation.