…so he can keep the teacher unions happy.
David Cunliffe keeps promising to close down the fledgling NZ Charter Schools. He doesn’t do that out of any care for NZ children – merely because the statement appeases the unions – and stops him having to take the time to research how good they are becoming.
Here are some hints on what current and future children in NZ (particularly those in the “Labour electorates”) will enjoy:
As charter operators have figured out how to succeed with children, they are doubling down on the best models. Successful charter schools have many distinctive features: longer school days and longer years, more flexibility and accountability for teachers and principals, higher expectations for students, more discipline and structure, more curricular innovation, more rigorous testing. Most charter growth today is coming from replication of the best schools.
In New York City, the average charter-school student now absorbs five months of extra learning a year in math, and one extra month in reading, compared with counterparts in conventional schools.
At KIPP, the largest chain of charters, 86% of all students are low-income, and 95% are African-American or Latino, yet 83% go to college.¬† Read more »