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Communities of Online Learning are not new to NZ

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:33:02 +1200 | New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education

The staff at the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (NZCGE) read with interest Minister Parata’s recent education proposal regarding online learning opportunities for New Zealand school children. This is not new to the staff at the Centre, nor ...More >>

Special education funding: Robbing Peter twice to pay Paul

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:39:38 +1200 | Autism NZ

Autism New Zealand is concerned about plans to strip educational support to school children in favour of an underfunded preschool sector. More >>

Minister Parata loses her COOL

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:29:08 +1200 | PPTA

Education Minister Hekia Parata has started ducking for cover and making policy on the fly whilst trying to justify her new privatised education model, says the PPTA. More >>

What’s going on in education policy?

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:11:41 +1200 | Quality Public Education Coalition - QPEC

Dr Liz Gordon, QPEC convenor, says that QPEC supports the concerns of many other groups about two recently announced policy proposals. More >>

National’s privatisation Trojan horse

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:42:19 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Chris Hipkins MP for Rimutaka Education Spokesperson MEDIA STATEMENT 24 August 2016 National’s privatisation Trojan horse The National government is using the need to modernise the school system as a Trojan horse for privatisation and an end to ...More >>

Online Schools Out of Line Say Principals

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:55:15 +1200 | New Zealand Principals' Federation

Iain Taylor, President of the New Zealand Principals' Federation (NZPF) said he was gobsmacked to have yet another choice of school, 'Online Schools' turn up in the Education Act Update announcement.More >>

Spending on under-fives with special learning needs welcomed

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:17:14 +1200 | Early Childhood Council

Early Childhood Council CEO Peter Reynolds has welcomed government plans to increase spending on pre-schoolers with special learning needs, calling the current system ‘a disaster for under-fives’.More >>

Parents Lose Their Voice at Schools

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:55:54 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

Tracey Martin MP Spokesperson for Education 24 AUGUST 2016 Parents Lose Their Voice at Schools as Minister Adopts Dictatorial Approach The voice of parents, students and the community is being legislated out of education, says New Zealand First Education ...More >>

Former Principal steps up to lead Hato Petera

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:50:58 +1200 | Hato Petera Society Incorporated

Former Principal steps up to lead Hato Petera to a sustainable model for the future. More >>

Student visa fraud & exploitation must stop

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:37:38 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government must act immediately to end fraud and exploitation of international students that threatens to damage New Zealand’s reputation, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.More >>

Open Polytechnic Interest in Online Delivery for Schools

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:12:47 +1200 | Open Polytechnic

New Zealand’s specialist provider of tertiary distance learning says it would welcome the opportunity to work with the school sector under proposed Government moves to create a new category of online learning delivery for schools.More >>

Funding Doesn't Add Up

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:10:04 +1200 | New Zealand Principals' Federation

'You can't fund a new intervention strategy if you don't add new funding!,' said Iain Taylor, President of the New Zealand Principals' Federation today. More >>

On-Line Education All About Cost Cutting And Privatisation

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:18:52 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

Tracey Martin MP Spokesperson for Education 23 AUGUST 2016 On-Line Education All About Cost Cutting And Privatisation Education Minister Hekia Parata wants to start shifting students out of schools and to online education – and no doubt has private ...More >>

ECE special needs funding shouldn’t rob Peter to pay Paul

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:57:49 +1200 | Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood NZ

ECE special needs funding shouldn’t rob Peter to pay Paul 23 August 2016 For immediate release. The Government’s pledge to invest more special needs/learning support funding in the early years is well overdue and welcomed by Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood ...More >>

Cautious support for extra funding

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:56:32 +1200 | New Zealand Kindergartens

“We owe it to every child to make sure they have the support they need to succeed at each step of the way through the education system” says Clare Wells, chief executive NZ Kindergartens. “We welcome increased resourcing to support to young children ...More >>

Bad acronym, worse idea

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:54:15 +1200 | PPTA

Bad acronym, worse idea: online publicly funded private schools a disaster in the making The Minister of Education’s announcement today that Communities of online learning (Cools) will be created to allow corporate entities to enter the education ...More >>

Online charter schools not the answer

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:47:15 +1200 | Green Party

Online charter schools not the answer Government plans to open up the Correspondence School Te Kura to corporate entities or charter schools could have terrible consequences for the quality of education that children receive, the Green Party said today. National’s ...More >>

Online learning with private companies will harm learning

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:35:27 +1200 | NZEI

Government plans to legislate for children from 5 years old to choose to do their schooling online using private companies who do not have to have qualified teachers, will horrify both parents and educators, NZEI Te Riu Roa says.More >>

Kaiapoi High School redevelopment upscaled to $22m project

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:29:39 +1200 | New Zealand Government

A further $6.6 million will be invested in the redevelopment of Kaiapoi High School in North Canterbury, on top of the $15.5 million already announced for the project, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced ...More >>

Support for more early investment in disabled children

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:00:41 +1200 | CCS Disability Action

CCS Disability Action supports more investment in the early years of a disabled child’s life. Overseas evidence has shown that disabled children receive generally the same benefits, or even greater, from early childhood education as their non-disabled peers. ...More >>


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