Why so slow to make Charter change in New Zealand?

In New Zealand, the Charter School model was introduced after the 2011 election.

At this point – coming towards 6 years later, we only have 10 operating and only two introduced by David Seymour.

A study about to come out of Harvard shows that everyone is losing with this approach:  

“The soon-to-be-published report about student performance concludes that all students do better when there is a higher concentration of charter schools in a city. Not only do the students who transfer to charter schools improve their reading and math scores, but the kids who remain in the union-controlled “district” schools do better as well.”…”The inference is that the competition from more charter schools forces district to schools to up their game.”…”the majority of children who attend charters are the least advantaged, most at-risk students. Parents from the lowest-income neighborhoods, where the local schools are the most dangerous and worst performing are the most eager to vote with their feet: they want a safer, better, more productive environment for their children.”

In our country, the policy seems to have stalled or be on a go slow.

Very few new schools, no means of school growth,  no way to build a chain.

This is all despite the huge gaps in our system for Maori and Pasifika and the massive amount of schools with poor results.

Why is the handbrake on and will that change in May when Parata steps aside?

 – The Observer

 


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