Compare and contrast. Charter school:
Massive surplus for cash cow charter
A Whangarei charter school has banked an operating surplus of more than $2.4million, thanks to funding well above the amount regular schools receive.
Audited financial accounts released to the charities commission show the He Puna Marama trust, which opened a charter school last year received $3,897,323 in government funding to the end of 2014. Just $1,464,093 of this has been spent on setting up and running the school, which last year was funded for 50 students and six teachers.
This is the same charter school that came under fire earlier this year for the purchase of a $100,000 waka. At the time the school leadership hit back at critics saying that other schools simply ‘need better accountants’ if they cannot afford to buy such things.
Run down school’s long wait
Students from a damp and dilapidated school may be waiting two more months before the Government decides if it will fund new classrooms.
The “unacceptable” situation at Northland College in Kaikohe was deemed urgent by the Education Review Office in 2012, but the school is still waiting for new classroom plans to be approved.
Principal Jim Luders had thought the 280-student school might have word in two weeks, but yesterday acting head of the education infrastructure service Jerome Sheppard signalled it was likely to be longer than that.
Why are charter schools receiving funding up to five times more per pupil than state schools? Why are they unaccountable, and in some cases failing anyway? What couldn’t state schools achieve with comparable funding!