According to a release from the Labour Party today, even that doyen of Charter Schools, Catherine Isaac, thinks Parata’s decision to not allow a comparison between Charter Schools and State Schools is baffling. So baffling she wrote to Parata urging her to include it. And the Ministry agreed. But Parata did not.
Having commissioned an “independent” report Parata is relying on the report as a PR exercise while holding back that she severely limited its scope
From an article in Stuff it is reported that on
March 18 Parata overruled the ministry and its intentions to supplement the independent report with information about student achievement.
According to the documents viewed by the Labour Party from the Ministry of Education
when the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so.
“She deliberately excluded such a comparison from the review.
Read the full Labour Party release here
When Catherine Isaac (wife of Roger Kerr of the Round-table and ACT party stalwart) is at odds with Parata, something must be amiss. The irony of Chris Hipkins championing Ms Isaac’s views on education isn’t lost on me.
Since failing to be elected to Parliament under the ACT list in 2011 (and having been a former Party President) Isaac Isaac has been involved in a number of National Government’s initiatives, including the Welfare Working Group, and the Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua Working Group. She is currently Chair of the Kura Hourua Authorisation Board (Wikipedia)