Within the space of four short years, 11 small Charter Schools with 1500 students, of which at least 75% are 'priority learners', have delivered educational success for Maori & Pasifika students which has eluded the State education system for decades.
The Government and the teachers unions claim that New Zealand has one of the world's best education systems is not supported by global comparisons such as PISA, TIMMS (https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/topics/research/timss), PIRLS (https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/topics/research/pirls). These studies all show that we are at best sitting around the middle of the global pack. The PISA data (as below) in fact shows the literacy and numeracy competencies of our students is in decline, further supported by our own Tertiary Education Commission establishing that 40% of school leavers with at least Level 2 NCEA are ‘functionally illiterate’.
The assertion that Charter Schools are 'taking money out of the State system' is false. If an under-achieving student opts out of their local state school then of course the funding for that student will move with them, but the funding formula for the school is unchanged.
There was no consultation
Parents now have no choice:
The Ministry of Education confirms that Charter Schools
The claim that Charter Schools are taking registered teachers out of the state system
Charter Schools were never an experiment.
It would have been understandable for a new Government to tweak the Charter School model, and even to re-brand it, but to demolish it and by so doing hurt our most vulnerable students is irrational, contrary to student and parent preferences, and inconsistent with the Governments publicised determination to place the interests and needs of our children first.
08 May 2018