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Will the Auditor-General find the Minister’s handling of charter schools to be “fundamentally flawed”?

National’s education spokesperson Nikki Kaye has laid a complaint with the Auditor-General over the Education Minister’s and the Ministry of Education’s handling of charter schools, claiming there have been undeclared conflicts of interest – something the Minister denies.

Rebecca Pyle: Why I left Auckland

"Teachers are falling over." Rebecca Pyle tells her story of why staying in Auckland wasn’t an option anymore.

Calls for zoning rules to be relaxed for vulnerable children

The parents of a bullied autistic boy say the Ministry of Education needs to relax zoning rules for vulnerable children.

Māori school feeds body, mind and spirit for $4 a day

Parents of students at Tai Wānanga don't pay anything for education - but they pay $4 a day for the school to give their children breakfast and lunch.

Inclusive education – where are we going wrong?

New Zealand has one of the most inclusive education systems in the world. Research shows we are better at including students with special educational needs in mainstream classrooms than most other countries. Yet the stats, international assessment rankings and anecdotal evidence show that we’re not so crash-hot when it comes to meeting the needs of our priority learners and our students with special educational needs. JUDE BARBACK asks why.

Bill ending charter schools, national standards passes first reading

The Bill that enables some of the Government's flagship changes to education has passed its first reading at Parliament.

Opinion: Martine Udahemuka – A trick for principals

New Zealand Initiative research fellow Martine Udahemuka argues that if implemented right, pay-for-performance systems are a win-win-win for principals, teachers and students.

Losing the battle: The desperate need for more mental health funding in schools

ROWAN EDWARDS says we urgently need to increase funding for mental health services at primary and intermediate schools.

Opinion: Ann Milne – Racism in schools? How dare we be surprised!

Dr Ann Milne says she cannot think of a single Māori parent, grandparent, teacher, or educator who would be ‘surprised’ at claims of racism in our schools.

School-based measures unlikely to halt childhood obesity

A British study has found no noticeable effects from a year-long school-based programme that aimed to improve the health of primary-aged children, leading to calls for evidence-based measures.
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