Vanguard Military School students doing PT
Four of the original five Charter Schools have been successful and this success has resulted in a significant level of interest from mainly Maori And Pasifika community groups. While Education unions opposed to Charter Schools continue to focus on Te Pumanawa o te Wairua, in Northland that now has reduced funding for 40 students because of ongoing problems, the four successful schools have shown what can be achieved.
The board that vets applications for new charter schools says it is not surprised at seeing so many applications.
…It said much of the interest was from educators and community groups representing Māori and Pasifika people, and most of the applications were from the North Island.
The board’s chair, Catherine Isaac, said the level of interest reflected confidence in the charter school system and showed it worked well.
“We do see it as a vote of confidence in a policy that is connecting innovators with disadvantaged students whose needs are not being met by the existing state school system.”
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