Hekia Parata to get tips from the US


The Massachusetts school system has an outstanding record of achievement and Education Minister Hekia Parata wants to know more about it.

She’s on her way to the United States to take a close look.

“The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education manages one million pupils in 2000 public schools, and just two per cent of its high school students leave school prior to graduation,” Ms Parata said before she left.

“In addition, its students’ maths and reading scores are among the highest in the country.”

She’ll be meeting the department’s commissioner and other Massachusetts education experts.

“I want to understand how Massachusetts is able to achieve these outstanding outcomes and what might be relevant to our education system.”

It comes as no surprise to discover Massachusett have embraced Charter Schools and are managing them well.  If they don’t perform, they are closed.  Now there is motivation.

As a result, their Teachers Union, the Massachusetts Teachers Association is lamenting the death of the public school system as their powers wane.

More like the death of the Teachers unions.

Critics say the schools are only about profits.  But if they churn out results, then if profit is what it takes to outperform public schools, then so be it.


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