Posted by: Observer on 09, Dec, 2011
My feeling is that charter schools will be a defining issue for New Zealanders just like the tour was in the 1980s (now where was that nice Johnny Key on the issue – that’s right, he can’t remember …) and the bulk funding disputes of the 1990s. The sides are lining up and the side of the angels is clearly the opposing one. Even the Teachers’ Council has bravely (bravely because it is a crown entity) put out a release saying the introduction of American charter schools needs to be treated with some circumspection. And then there was this wonderful piece from the Wellington Wairarapa School Trustees Association (WSTA) calling on the government to put “the public” back into public education.
WWSTA is a breakaway group from STA and that begs the question of where the national body is hiding out. If PPTA criticises Tomorrow’s Schools, STA barks like a over-active chihuahua but when there’s a full business onslaught on the notion of parents running schools it is conspicuous by its silence. My bet is that it imagines it can do a deal to supply services to charter schools and it will happily sacrifice the parental management model for money any day.