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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Budget 2018: Election promises to be delivered, but pay hike headaches loom

Education promises likely to be met in Budget but squeeze may go on future spending.

Budget 2018: More specialist help for preschoolers with special needs

A small Budget increase for early intervention services will halve the waiting list of preschoolers needing extra help, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.

Transformation not tinkering

A University of Auckland professor of disability studies and inclusive education argues for a total rethink of the purpose of education to inform Tomorrow’s Schools Review.

“We intend to hold their feet to the fire” – new advisory group up...

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.

Protecting Teacher Title Bill is withdrawn

New Zealand First List MP Jenny Marcroft has requested the withdrawal of her member’s bill, the Education (Protecting Teacher Title) Amendment Bill, saying it is no longer necessary.

Opinion: Karen Spencer – Of policy and practice

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.

Editorial: Govt should adopt bill to get young offenders back to school

A bill to get young offenders back to school is well worth the support.

Minister dismissive of “glowing” charter schools report

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.

Changing Teaching Council’s name will cost $220,000

The Education Council says it will cost $220,000 to change its name to the "Teaching Council" under a bill now before Parliament.

Charter schools that may never open were paid $3.4m

Taxpayers have paid $3.4 million to five proposed charter schools that may never open.


Why should we reimagine qualifications?

JUDE BARBACK introduces Education Central’s special feature series ‘Reimagining Qualifications’ with a trip down memory lane.


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Opinion: Sam Oldham – Teach First NZ expanding at student expense

Sam Oldham argues that Teach First NZ’s practice of putting trainee teachers in low-decile schools forces students at these schools to participate in someone else’s training.