Education Minister overrules ministry’s advice on charter school report
The Education Minister shut down comparing student achievement results from charter schools with those of state schools despite ministry advice to do so.
A report by consultancy firm, Martin Jenkins, was commissioned by the Government to look at whether three of the first five charter schools set up in 2014 were delivering anything new.
The chair of the Partnership Schools Authorisation Board, Catherine Isaac, wrote to Education Minister Hekia Parata in November last year concerned that the board hadn’t been consulted about the report and recommended changes to the scope of it.
Isaac said the report intended to evaluate outcomes not essential to the success of charter schools yet had no plans to measure important aspects like “educational performance results”.
But on March 18 Parata overruled the ministry and its intentions to supplement the independent report with information about student achievement.
This is just outrageous. The reason National are pushing ahead with their right wing experiment in education through Charter Schools is to lower the cost of teachers, it’s portrayed to the public as an option for helping the most disadvantaged students, but that’s just a smokescreen.
Here we have an opportunity to compare the charter schools with public education and Hekia shoots it down because she doesn’t want those details getting out to the public.
This is just another failed privatisation of public services, just like prisons, just like state houses, just like CYFS will be.
The middle classes will continue to support this however because their house valuations are still going up. We will have to wait for the bubble to pop before they start caring again.