Charter school supporter says initiative can work
Mon, 23 Apr 2012 8:58a.m.
An ACT Party initiative to implement charter schools here in New Zealand has come up against stark opposition from teaching unions and academics.
Critics say charter schools, which get Government funding but don't have to adhere to all the rules that state schools do, haven't worked overseas and won't work here.
The Manukau Christian Charitable Trust is one organisation which has put its hand up to set up a charter school.
Trust's Chairman Tony Bracefield spoke to Firstline this morning.
Watch the interview.
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24/04/2012 11:43:22 a.m.
Stephanie Mills wrote:
It's dishonest to suggest that low decile schools aren't already running breakfast programmes, after school programmes, cooperating with KidsCan for clothing and using social workers and school support staff to help support and care for individual children both in their learning and in their lives. We don't need charter schools to do that better, we need more investment in our public system and social and economic policies that prioritise the wellbeing health and potential of all our children!
23/04/2012 3:16:05 p.m.
Cheryl Anderson wrote:
I like this idea, it could work in specific places. The Trust is not looking to impliment it nation-wide, and for a select community may be an amazing thing for some children. This trust works at the coalface, and is responding by what it sees with children everyday. It's not making judgements about the damage it 'could' do to a 5 year old who has had no breakfast.
23/04/2012 1:26:59 p.m.
Why are we introducing American-style "Charter Schools"? We already have independent state-supported schools!
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