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When does 367 equal 1150? When it involves charter school funding

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(WALT) We are learning that 367 can equal 1150.

Success criteria: We will know we understand this when we recognise the difference in funding rules for state schools and privately run charter schools.

Here is your numbers story:

The Ministry of Education releases its March 2014 school roll returns online. There are 367 students attending charter schools:

  • South Auckland Middle School has 108 students
  • Vanguard Millitary School has 104
  • Te Hura Hourua ki Whangaruru has 63
  • Te Kura Hourua o Whangarei Terenga Paraoa has 50, and
  • The Rise Up Academy has 42.

367 pupils represents around 0.049 percent of the total student population (753,952).

The government is funding 367 charter school students to the tune of $7.5 million this year.

Now this bit is tricky, so listen carefully, Eric.  Leave the Velcro, mate, yes, well done, nice listening. Ready …

Nelson College for Girls gets the same amount of funding as the 367 charter school students but Nelson College for Girls has around 1150 students.

$7.5 Million for each.

Therefore 367 = 1150.  

Or at least when it comes to accessing government funds for education.

Yes, I know Eric, it makes no sense to me either.

Yes, the charter schools are private businesses – please leave Belinda’s pigtails alone.

What was that, Kyle? Can we find out how the charter schools are spending the money? No, sweetie, we can’t, because they are private businesses and can spend it any way they like but we can’t ask under the Official Information Act.

Fair?  Well the thing is … ermmm….

Oh there’s the bell, off you run ….

Tomorrow it’s more magic government numbers!  We’ll look at how how $23 Million in welfare fraud is bigger than $6 Billion in unpaid taxes…


Your homework: Read more about charter schools.

Sources: Ministry of Education school rolls info

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