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Blindly Defending Failed Charter Schools Experiment – NZ First Press Release

Tracey Martin NZ FirstNational’s charter schools are “crashing and burning” while the Education Minister Hekia Parata blindly defends this failed experiment in taxpayer funded privatisation of education, says New Zealand First.

“Northland school Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru was dysfunctional right from the start,” says Deputy Leader and Education Spokesperson Tracey Martin. “A governor has been brought in, the school has lost staff and the roll began falling from the minute it opened its doors seven months ago.

“This school was always going to be a challenge because it took on some of the most difficult students. But, with the Ministry of Education painting a picture of weak governance, staff resignations and poor planning, what chance do the students have to get a decent education?

“Most charter schools are failing to reach their required minimum roll and are receiving taxpayer top-ups. What’s more, the rolls at two schools are falling.

“Charter schools are proving costly to taxpayers. Their performance has to be questioned when the ministry refuses to release performance reports for them.

“How can the government go ahead with plans to approve the opening of even more charter schools next year, when just one school in Northland has cost $2.4 million so far.

“New Zealand First will end this ideological experiment that is charter schools and find more appropriate solutions for these children.”

Source: http://nzfirst.org.nz/news/blindly-defending-failed-charter-schools-experiment

 

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  1. I loved how Hekia said that the reason that the troubled Charter School was failing was drugs and alcohol and truancy etc. Surely the quality of the teacher is the main issue!

    Anyway her description of that Charter School as full of kids afflicted by the woes in our country as noted above made no one want to send their child to a Charter School.

    What a waste of time and money.

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    Posted by Paul | September 11, 2014, 2:30 pm

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