Even apparent Charter School opponents have had to acknowledge some good progress and potential on this front already. From the Save our Schools team:Â http://saveourschoolsnz.
At the Quality Public Education Coalition forum, chairman Bill Courtney caused heads to swivel when he greeted Alwyn Poole in the audience before giving an update on charter schools. Poole is the principal of Mt Hobson Middle School. Heâ€™s also a member of theÂ Villa Education Trust,Â whose South Auckland Middle School is one of the first in the charter schools pilot.
Courtneyâ€™s talk used South Auckland Middle Schoolâ€™s figures to explain how funding has been allocated. He also made the point that the charter school model has been hijacked by the privatisation movement. One of the first proponents of the idea,Â Albert Shanker, saw it as a way to allow teachers greater autonomy, to engage the students who werenâ€™t being served by normal schools
This sounds like what Pooleâ€™s schools have been able to do: Poole said he works with children with needs like dyslexia or Aspergerâ€™s, or kids who need a â€śboostâ€ť at middle school level. He was asked why couldnâ€™t he achieve it within the system as a special character school. In 2002, that option was â€śblockedâ€ť. They were looking for â€śways of expanding what we doâ€ť, so applied for the partnership school option. Â Read more »