Schools keep out poor students with zoning
Mon, 25 Jun 2012 7:25a.m.
Auckland secondary schools have admitted manipulating their school zones to keep out children from poor neighbourhoods.
Fulbright scholar University of Illinois Associate Professor Chris Lubienski has carried out research on New Zealand's school zones, and last year found that 36 of the 49 secondary school zones in Auckland did not match their immediate area.
In most of those 36 cases, zones were drawn to include affluent neighbourhoods and exclude poor ones, Prof Lubienski told Radio New Zealand.
Some principals admitted they zoned their schools that way deliberately, while one told Prof Lubienski she removed some students' names from her school's out-of-zone enrolment ballot.
Prof Lubienski believes the schools are manipulating their zones to get a high decile rating - which many parents wrongly believe is a proxy for the quality of a school.
Decile rankings depend on the socio-economic circumstances of communities, with decile one the lowest and decile 10 the highest.
Ministry of Education figures show there were 60,000 Pakeha children attending decile one, two and three schools in 2000, and now they are half that number.
Principals' Association president Patrick Walsh says the only credible reason appears to be "white flight" from lower decile schools.
Prime Minister John Key last week raised the possibility of the Ministry of Education creating school "league tables" for primary schools to give parents real data showing the quality of schools, instead of wrongly using the decile system.
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12/09/2012 8:59:55 p.m.
Why does the ministry of education allow this? It is unfair to the kids and it is not only the kids are affected but the parents. If the parents want their kids to go to a better school then they have to find a place closer to the school zone and most of the houses near these schools are getting expensive to rent or to buy. We used to live in a location in Flat Bush 4 years ago and it was in the zone for many schools. Because of the changes there is only 1 primary school that is zoned in this area which I believe can not accommodate the area.
This zoning also affected the rental properties due to out of zone to schools. The Ministry of education and the government should look at this area. If they are allowing schools to change the zoning then they should build new schools for the areas that no longer in the zone.
25/06/2012 10:26:04 a.m.
Why do parents flee from a school or area? Maybe it is not keeping out the poor but keeping out the disruptive. Who needs kids in the class who are without basic social niceties, swear at and hit the teacher/classmates, steal lunches, and whose parents turn up under the influence of drugs or alcohol to abuse the teacher. Who needs to subject their children to that behavior and expect them to learn and thrive? No one.
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