Campbell Live ran a story last week "Who wants to run charter schools?"
The hopefuls included:
Nga kakano - they want state money, they haven't been able to get state funding, and they want to get bigger.
C Me mentoring - want more state money .... they want to get bigger.
Mt Hobson and Alwyn Poole - want state money - want to get bigger.
So these are existing programmes, they're not new, they are working within the existing system, they don't need the charter school model.
EXCEPT they want money from the state ... and they won't have to answer to the protections in the existing system for any of it.
New Zealand state schools would like more money too ... for buildings that don't leak,
for working heating systems,
for sports equipment,
for teacher/teacher aide support for struggling students,
for enough teachers for more personalised learning,
for more counsellors,
for school nurses,
for music rooms,
for classrooms that are bright, warm, friendly and well equipped,
for schools that can safely welcome the school community with resources that can cater to the education needs of all, ....