I went to the oral submissions on the Education Amendment Bill (2012) and amongst the lot of them there was just ONE very muddled and odd one in favour of charter schools and all of the rest were against.
ALL of them.
They came from academics, elderly couples, principals, unions, you name it, and all but one said the whole idea is flawed.
So why oh why is it that last week the Charter School Development and Authorisation Board was set up BEFORE the hearings committee report back? (With former ACT president Christine Isaac heading it.)
And BEFORE the hearings committee report back, submissions are being called for from prospective charter schools.
The committee has NOT even reported back.
The Bill has NOT PASSED.
But none of that matters to National because they are going to push these through come hell or high water.
Regardless of whether you think charter schools will be a good thing (and I will be very clear, I do not) it is not acceptable for the government to again run roughshod over the democratic process and plough on with the pre-ordained plans.
Shame on the New Zealand Government.
And shame on the people who don’t stand up against this disgrace.
This is not democracy.
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