Save Our Schools NZ is pleased that Education Minister, Hekia Parata, has confirmed there will not be another round of charter schools this year and hopes that this signals the beginning of the end for the ideological experiment.
Questions in Parliament today revealed that not one charter school has enrolled a single high needs student, making clear that rhetoric that charters would cater for priority learners is what was suspected all along, great PR and nothing more.
Accountability has been another concern since NZ charter schools were first proposed.
“With the promised assessment of the first five schools held back by Hekia Parata, official information requests stalled, and the Northland charter school’s ERO report delayed, it seems clear that even the best spin could not make a silk purse out of this sow’s ear,” said Dianne Khan.
It seems, from her announcement today, even the Education Minister agrees.