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Dr Liz Gordon – Free to choose? Not even close!

By   /  February 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Well the big announcement has been made and charter schools are to close (sort of).  The latest of National’s ideological experiments is to be consigned to the dustbin of history, where it belongs.  In a previous blog I went through the performance shortcomings of the New Zealand experiment.  For some, though, the performance issues do not matter.  It is the ‘freedom to choose’ that is important.

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Charter schools – using the poor to advance the agenda of the rich

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

The ACT Party were out on the weekend with 100 people supporting their Auckland march to oppose the closure of charter schools.

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MUST READ: Charter Schools in a Post-Truth Era

By   /  December 11, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

For many on the neo-liberal Right, education is a business not a public good and therefore should be no different to electricity supply (semi-privatised); Air New Zealand (semi-privatised – again); or a whole host of other services and assets that were once owned by the tax-payer but have been sold off over the last thirty years.

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National circles the wagons for the spectacularly incompetent Sam Lotu-Iiga

By   /  July 27, 2015  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

On 1 April this year in response to a parliamentary question Lotu-Iiga praised SERCO –

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The TPPA and our public education system

By   /  May 24, 2015  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

What if the reason they are budgeting for only two more charter schools in 2016/17 is because the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) and Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) will make it all a moot point?

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The Beehive Charter School

By   /  April 26, 2015  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  143 Comments

Charter schools are all the rage in government circles, so why not open one modelled on the New Zealand government itself?

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GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy continues

By   /  April 11, 2015  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

The charter schools are outside the normal public sector transparency framework that all State and State-Integrated schools must comply with but we were told that relevant information could be obtained via the Ministry itself.

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Charter Schools: When no news is not good news

By   /  February 22, 2015  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

It’s been six months since I first asked Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools? In that article, I posed some questions for those pushing the charter school agenda, hoping to open a dialogue with some of its fiercest proponents. What I got was nigh on radio silence, so now I want to revisit those questions […]

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GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Continues

By   /  November 23, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015.

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The Charter Schools Soap Opera

By   /  October 12, 2014  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

So, young ACT Party rookie MP, David Seymour, is now the Parliamentary Undersecretary responsible for the further development of charter schools.

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Education reformers mean well, so what’s the problem?

By   /  September 13, 2014  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

The thing is, good intentions don’t mean the plan will work. Good intentions don’t necessarily equate to an understanding of the full impact of a proposal. Good intentions are no guarantee that the reformer can make good on their rhetoric.

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Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?

By   /  August 30, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter schools are?

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A little warning regarding Charter Schools…

By   /  May 29, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

The thing about Charter Schools – which was one of John Bank’s “legacies” before he ended up in Court cleaning his ears – is that teaching staff do not have to be registered.

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Outsourcing child welfare? Where will the madness end?

By   /  May 18, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs  /  15 Comments

When it comes to the privatisation of public services I thought nothing could worry me more than what is being done to education and prison systems worldwide, but I am beyond alarmed to read in today’s Guardian that the Department for Education in the UK is seriously considering privatising their version of CYFS.

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