Last days to have your say on charter schools

Tomorrow is your last chance to have your say about one of New Zealand’s most controversial changes in education.

Submissions on the Education Amendment Bill 2012 close tomorrow (January 24th). The main purpose of the Bill is to set out the provisions for Partnership Schools, Kura Hourua, more commonly known as “charter schools”. Many of these provisions are the same as for other schools, but some (such as exemption from the Public Information Act, and freedom to employ some untrained and unregistered teachers) have been quite controversial.

The Bill also makes some other changes, including:

  • Greater flexibility for state schools to run multiple timetables
  • Formalising teachers’ surrender and retention powers
  • Allowing student numbers to be issued to children who are not in ECE
  • Requiring all school boards to act in such a way as to “ensure that every student at the school is able to attain his or her highest possible standard in educational achievement”

If education is important to you, make a submission to give the government your views on how this Bill can best contribute to learning, especially for students who are not currently achieving well in our education system.

You can download the Bill, and have your say on it, here.

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