Charter schools are an important and effective step towards solving a problem with children that are on the fringes of the current education system. Â Charter schools are also a political hot potato. Â The opposition and the media are looking for any excuse to expose them as failures.
Education Minister Hekia Parata ignored advice from her ministry and signed off on a Northland charter school that has been plagued with problems since opening last year.
It can be revealed that Parata received a glowing reference from the charter school authorisation board regarding Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru and signed a contract with the school’s sponsor in September 2013.
That was despite ministry concerns the Whangaruru school had not outlined a “safe environment” for students and had not spoken with local iwi about their plans.
Since the school opened, the Education Review Office has identified a number of problems with the quality of teaching, learning, management, leadership and student engagement.
The quality of teaching, learning, management, leadership and student engagement. Â That’s not a minor list of complaints. Â Read more »