Teachers and principals have spoken out at an emotional public meeting against Government taskforce proposals which they say would move them around schools "like numbers in a spreadsheet".
A national battle over proposed radical changes to the school system kicks off this week with the first of more than 70 public meetings.
Radical plans to end New Zealand's system of self-governing schools are opposed by almost half of all school boards, judging by an initial sampling.
In the Weekend Herald's survey, schools are split on whether the funding changes proposed in the taskforce report will benefit their pupils.
The New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) has rushed to the defence of school boards of trustees saying the Tomorrow’s Schools review report has focused on the criticisms of boards rather than the positives.