Posted by: Observer
on 20, Jul, 2012
First we have that old neo-liberal reprobate, Gary Hawke, who is responsible for the high-fees, hopelessly competitive tertiary system NZ is stuck with, being allowed to set the ideological agenda for schools via the minister's cross-sector "forum" and now look at this - the NZ charter school group gets to instruct ministry officials about what propaganda it wants in cabinet papers.
"10.30 Review of draft Cabinet paper (From minutes of June 25th meeting)
Members reviewed the revised draft of the first Cabinet paper on the New Zealand model of charter school, and provided comment for inclusion by the Secretariat.
Members commented that the Cabinet paper lacked clarity around the case for charter schools, with more focus needed on charter schools being a new approach to working with the Government’s identified target groups, and an opportunity for innovation. More meaningful context around the financial implications was also required.
Posted by: Tom Haig
on 17, Jul, 2012
Diane Ravitch has recently written about how to ‘fix’ charter schools. She’s taken a list of points from Albert Shanker, and suggested that these should be criteria by which charter school proposals are assessed.
Of course they are in a different context in the US, with public schools generally having far less freedom than here, charters being well entrenched, and some teacher unions backing a few charter school models. However, I think that these are worth exploring as a basis for discussion with the charter school working group.
Posted by: Bronwyn Cross
on 16, Jul, 2012
Not so entertaining this time - partly because there were only 39 people present and aside from an introduction from Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga the National MP for Maungakiekie who organised the meeting, only two members of Charter School working party, Catherine Issac and Margaret Southwick were allowed to speak. This meant it was up to the audience to point out the omissions and falsehoods - as usual there were more than could be addressed in one meeting.
Isaac kicked off, noting that charter schools were nothing to do with the ACT Party. If the lack of reaction allowed her to imagine that the audience was buying that particular piece of spin she would be dead wrong.
Posted by: PPTAweb
on 13, Jul, 2012
Tagged in: transparency
, secondary schools
, public education
, New Zealand School Trustees Association
, National Party Education Policy
, Hekia Parata
, education politics
, Education forum
Came across this cartoon on Susan Ohanian's website this afternoon and it seemed to fit.
Posted by: Cynic
on 11, Jul, 2012