PPTA gearing up for major anti-charter school move

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Charter schools must be such a threat to teachers in New Zealand.  What are the numbers involved?

At 1 July 2013, the number of state and private schools in New Zealand was 2,539. This is 19 fewer than in July 2012.

Between 1 July 2012 and 1 July 2013, a total of 27 schools closed: Two state intermediates, 15 full primary state schools, four contributing state schools, one private composite, one state special school, and two state and two private secondary schools.

Despite a declining number of schools, there are still new schools opening. Between 1 July 2012 and 1 July 2013, six new state schools, and two new private schools opened.

Between 1 July 2012 and 1 July 2013 six schools changed school type: one Full Primary became a Contributing (Year 1 – 6),three Full Primary and one Restricted Composite became Composite (Year 1-15) and one Contributing (Year 1-6) became a Full Primary.

And the number of charter schools?

Five

I hope the PPTA membership realises the ridiculous amount of attention and resources that the PPTA is spending on something that isn’t actually a threat to them.  If anything, these schools are mopping up the students that their system can’t accommodate by bringing positive educational outcomes to individuals that are otherwise lost in the statistics.

The only threat, of course, is to the PPTA members who aren’t up to scratch.  By an increasing focus on competency in the education sector, their collective hiding place might eventually get so small as to become useless.

That is why charter schools, although insignificant now, must be fought hard.  Their success threatens the livelihood of mediocre teachers down the road.

Why should parents not be able to choose?  If Charter schools end up being a total failure, the results will drive the students back into the arms of the ‘standard’ schools.

So what are they so scared of, eh?

 

– educationcounts.govt.nz

 


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