The new group appointed to guide the reform of New Zealand’s education system has been given the brief to hold the government accountable to what people are saying.
Right now, we are in the calm eye of the storm when it comes to education policy in New Zealand. While some policies have been abruptly swept to the wall (such as National Standards, charter schools), others are still waiting to hatch writes Karen Spencer.
A bill to get young offenders back to school is well worth the support.
Charter school advocates are frustrated at the Education Minister's refusal to acknowledge the positive points made by students and parents about charter schools in a recently released report.
The Education Council says it will cost $220,000 to change its name to the "Teaching Council" under a bill now before Parliament.
Taxpayers have paid $3.4 million to five proposed charter schools that may never open.
Vanguard Military School’s application to become a school of designated character does not mean that the transition process is clear-cut for charter schools, with one provider claiming to be “totally in the dark”.