Five Charter Schools to open in 2014

The government has announced that five Charter Schools will be opening their doors next year.

This is a fantastic step forward that will no doubt be opposed by Labour and their pals in the teacher unions. Whenever they open their gobs they should be asked what it is that thy propose to deal with the long tail of under-achievement that they have created with their system, where 20% fail…they should be asked why they continue to maintain that a 20% failure rate is acceptable.

The Government has announced the first successful applicants for charter schools in New Zealand, all of them in Northland and Auckland.

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Association Education Minister John Banks said five organisations had successfully applied to be partnership, or charter schools. 

They are:

• Vanguard Military School, a secondary school for years 11-13 in Albany, Auckland, run by Advance Training Centres Limited.

• Te Kura Hourua o Whangarei Terenga Paraoa, a co-educational secondary schools for years 7-13 in Whangarei, run by He Puna Marama Charitable Trust.

• Te Kura Hourua ke Whangaruru, a bilingual secondary school for years 9-13 in Whangaruru, Northland run by the Nga Parirau Matauranga Trust.

• The Rise Up Academy, a school for years 1-6 in Mangere, Auckland, run by Rise Up Trust.

• South Auckland Middle School, a middle school for years 7-10 in south Auckland which will emphasise Christian values in its teaching, sponsored by the Villa Education Trust.

The schools would open in the first term of 2014.

There are some specific targets that need to met. My wish is that those sam criteria be applied to state schools, with the same sanctions.

She said the school sponsors were all assessed against specific criteria including the strength of their educational offering, and their ability to lift the results of under-achieving children.

The targets which they were expected to reach would be publicly released.

Mrs Parata told media there were a range of sanctions for schools which did not perform, including closing them down.

Each school would be given a six-year contract.

The Government has set aside $19 million for the schools in this year’s budget, and expects to make further funding commitments.

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