Charter schools are not a welcome addition to the education portfolio in New Zealand and are about as popular with the public as increasing class sizes. Parents and boards are already seeing that charter schools will undermine the public school system which has consistently kept New Zealand at the top of the OECD and which has allowed true partnership between schools, parents and the professionals.
Perhaps the most alarming feature in relation to the charter school announcement is that teachers and principals would not have to be qualified or registered.
It is difficult to work out just what the real agenda is for charter schools. Certainly it is not about creating better educational opportunities for children. Research below demonstrates evidence to the contrary.
NZPF has researched charter schools over time and published articles and made media statements. It may be helpful for you to access this information.
Click here for a media release from August 2012 Click here for our February 2012 media release in response to the OECD report praising our successful Education system Click here for an NZPF article on Charter schools published in the Education Review Click here for a clear brief account of the American charter school experience which includes a number of external links to further information and reports which you may find useful. Click here for an article by American David Sirota which includes further links to research reports on the failure of charter schools to deliver system wide change.
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