Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, February 21st, 2015 - 193 comments
One of National’s first five charter schools is a failure, and applications for new charter schools have been cancelled. Who could have predicted such a mess? Just about everybody…
Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, December 4th, 2014 - 45 comments
So despite the vast amount more funding (5x more per pupil) to charter schools, 1 of the 5 first, Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru, is failing abysmally.
The Government has previously said that all their problems were fixed, or being fixed – but they clearly aren’t.
Written By: - Date published: 6:50 pm, August 1st, 2014 - 9 comments
When National set up charter schools, they promised that they would be more accountable, and that contracts were a better means of enforcing standards than the usual school system. That works only if they’re enforced. NZ First has shown that at least one school is completely in violation of at least one part of their contract. So is the National government enforcing a contract? Yeah right….
Written By: - Date published: 12:28 pm, February 28th, 2014 - 31 comments
Two uncritical articles in Auckland’s local press, raise questions about the role of the NZ military, and the educational and cultural impact of a military charter school. Unstated and unquestioned, is the nature of NZ’s relationship with that of militaristic US imperialism.
Written By: - Date published: 3:33 pm, February 14th, 2014 - 6 comments
Local bodies makes points about the changes in the school system over the years. The nett effect over decades has been to force the inter-generational inequality that a good school system is meant to prevent. The type of school system that this government favours appears to be designed to remove the opportunities for those whose parents aren’t lucky. Is it time to start again?
Written By: - Date published: 4:53 pm, February 13th, 2014 - 29 comments
National’s charter schools are predicated on the idea that the public education system is doing a bad job. They’re (over-)funded to do things differently. So its more than a little odd that He Puna Marama Trust’s charter school is simply getting local state schools to do all their teaching for them. They just clip the ticket converting taxpayers money to private profit. Ridiculous corrupt NAct policy.
Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, June 12th, 2013 - 34 comments
If there was a national standard in scientific method than the right wing spinsters talking up yesterday’s national standards results would all fail it.
Written By: - Date published: 10:32 am, June 4th, 2013 - 16 comments
Recently closed Christchurch schools, which according to the Nats don’t have the student base and/or are too quake damaged to keep running, are going to be sold off for purposes including – charter schools.
Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, May 23rd, 2013 - 34 comments
The PPTA has published a list of organisations that have expressed an interest in setting up charter schools, almost half of them religious groups, some of them with rather fringe beliefs. Do we really want scarce state education funding being used to teach creationism?
Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, April 19th, 2013 - 32 comments
Peter Dunne is concerned about the use of unqualified teachers in charter schools. As well he should be – the Ministry of Education has issued a detailed warning against this daft policy.
Written By: - Date published: 1:54 pm, March 19th, 2013 - 35 comments
Profit-driven private sector cowboys are damaging the reputation of our education system. Naturally, National wants to make matters worse by subsidising foreign owners of profit-driven charter schools. Brilliant.
Written By: - Date published: 2:02 pm, January 21st, 2013 - 90 comments
Written By: - Date published: 2:03 pm, October 23rd, 2012 - 16 comments
Evidence of the supposed success of charter schools in New York is doing the rounds. Unfortunately for the right-wing ideologues, charter schools shoot themselves in both feet when they use “relaxed” assessment standards and other methods of artificially “boosting” their results.
Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, September 21st, 2012 - 19 comments
No Right Turn on the waste and divisiveness of charter schools in the UK.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, September 16th, 2012 - 8 comments
My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. This week: torture, charter schools, economics and development.
Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, September 7th, 2012 - 181 comments
A stinging report from the Ministry of Education condemns the proposed use of unqualified teachers in charter schools. The Nats won’t listen because the Nats don’t care about the quality of education, they only care about privatising it.
Written By: - Date published: 12:26 pm, August 7th, 2012 - 28 comments
As usual it is the kids who will suffer.
Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, August 3rd, 2012 - 211 comments
The right hand of National’s education policy doesn’t know what the far-right hand is up to…
Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, June 8th, 2012 - 6 comments
Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, April 30th, 2012 - 6 comments
The indefatigable Idiot/Savant at NRT has been looking at the appointment of Isacc to head the Charter School Working Group. It seems to have been conducted with all the professionalism and integrity that we have come to expect of ACT.
Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, April 29th, 2012 - 27 comments
Armstrong tries to downplay the risks of charter schools. To do so of course he has to (as the PM so often does) denigrate the science that he wants to ignore.
Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, April 18th, 2012 - 49 comments
The Nats are determined to ignore the evidence on the harm caused by charter schools, just as they are ignoring evidence on the damage done by national standards. This willingness to harm kids, as incidental pawns in their ideological games, really pisses me off.
Written By: - Date published: 3:36 pm, December 10th, 2011 - 5 comments
National seem to be backing Charter Schools on the premise that if the teachers don’t want them, they must be good.
Written By: - Date published: 2:48 pm, December 8th, 2011 - 38 comments
David Farrar is running National’s line that anything the teachers don’t want must be good for the education of our children…