Labour and the teacher unions hate charter schools and Labour has promised to ban them and repeal the legislation.
But will they ban funding to this charter school?
For diplomatic reasons he might have a big problem with halting the following. MFAT via the NZ Embassy in Washington annually pays US$10k to outfit aspirational rugby players at a charter school in one of DC’s ‘meanest’ suburbs.
The secret was already weighing on him as the team bus pulled out of Washington and headed north.
Tal Bayer, coach of one of the District’s most unlikely athletic success stories, sat at the front, his pale bald head a beacon to his roster of two dozen teenagers. He called them his boys, and the physical expression of their relationship — cleats, gym bags, rugby balls — were strewn all over the bus.
Bayer liked taking his rugby players out of the city, where so many of their lives are defined by struggle. “Every mile you get away from D.C., away from school, from the pressures of home, you can see the kids open up,” he said.
It was early March, and the Pride rugby team was headed to Philadelphia for its first real test of the season. Bayer had been making these trips since founding the program 14 years ago at what was then Hyde Leadership Public Charter and is now Perry Street Prep Public Charter. Pride is one of the only high school squads in the country composed entirely of black players, an inspirational story that in recent years had intrigued documentary filmmakers and Hollywood screenwriters. Read more »