Public Private Partnerships

Be afraid: the privatisation of public education

By Michelle Nixon 29 April, 2014

We all know the outward signs of privatisation” taxpayer funded charter schools plus the cut that private schooling takes from our public education dollar. But what about the hidden privatisation…

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Charter schools more hype than hope for Māori

By Heni Collins 18 July, 2013

Key points Minister of Education Hekia Parata is known to be a keen advocate of charter schools being run by Māori education providers. But many in Māoridom are not so…

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Unchartered waters

By Michelle Nixon 6 April, 2013

The original charter schools were started by teacher unions in the United States more than 20 years ago to enrich the public school system by trying out new ways of…

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The war on education

By Michelle Nixon 26 July, 2012

The government’s preoccupation with charter schools, performance pay, national standards, league tables and public-private partnerships is part of a global movement known as GERM (global education reform movement). It’s  based…

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See for yourself: The government's business case for PPPs

By Jane Blaikie 22 July, 2010

Education Minister Anne Tolley is pressing on with plans to privatise a significant chunk of New Zealand’s school property programme. It is looking increasingly likely that new schools and school…

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Dry rot: PPP schools a step too far

By Jane Blaikie 19 July, 2010

The genie is already out of the bottle when it comes to privatisation of public education in New Zealand. Private providers of professional development, research, teacher training, classroom supplies and…

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