Sophia Duckor-Jones at ZB reported
Education minister Hekia Parata says the government’s considering a second round of charter schools.
The comment comes after an announcement from the ACT Party which wants state schools to be able to elect to become a charter school.
Ms Parata says the government has commissioned an evaluation of the model before they can make any further decisions.
ACT’s policy won’t be popular with the PPTA – as it¬†is opt-in bulk funding by another name
ACT made the establishment of partnership schools a condition of its confidence and supply agreement with the National-led government, and it now wants to extend the policy.
Leader Jamie Whyte unveiled the party’s education policy in a speech today, saying all school boards should be able to opt out of control by the Ministry of Education and be bulk funded according to the number of students they attract.
“This policy entails no additional government spending,” he said.
Five partnership schools were opened this year and another five are expected to open in 2015.
“These few schools come under constant attack for being additional to the current stock of state schools and therefore reducing the funds available to them.
“The answer is to give all state schools the option of becoming partnership schools,” he said.
The policy will give teachers freedom to adapt their methods to their students and schools the freedom to innovate.
I wonder what ACT will take into any coalition talks as their number one policy. ¬†It will probably be this one.