As widely covered yesterday, one of National’s first five charter schools is in particular trouble:
Northland charter school on final notice
Education Minister Hekia Parata has given a troubled Northland charter school a month to sort itself out before she decides whether to close it.
Parata today met the trust that operates Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru school and issued them with a performance notice instructing them to take “immediate action to address areas of serious concern at the school”.
Parata approved Whangaruru as a charter school in 2013, despite ministry concerns the school had not outlined a “safe environment” for students. The school has since lost a quarter of its roll and has dealt with issues of attendance, bullying, drug use and management infighting.
Has there ever been a case of a state school failing within a year?
As for the other charter schools – how can we even tell if they are working? They can hire unqualified teachers. They are not accountable the usual regualations, the New Zealand curriculum, the community, or to the National Standards framework / NCEA.
If there are successes, it comes at the cost of funding “as much as five times more than state schools” per pupil. What could state schools accomplish with the same levels of funding?
The fact that the Nats have ruled out any new applications this year suggests that they now realise that the charter school model is a failure.
Who ever would have predicted such a mess? Only 20 years of international experience (etc), educational experts, the New Zealand Educational Institute, teachers, the Ministry of Education, Treasury, and an “overwhelming” number of submissions to the select committee. So, just about everyone then…