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Education Forum Update

Education Forum Update

Welcome to the Education Forum Update, a regular round-up of all that is new at the Education Forum and its website.

Visit our home page ( for links to the following recently added items:

JUST TWO WEEKS LEFT: We have an HP all-in-one printer/copier/fax/scanner (the psc 950) to give away to the educational institution (early childhood, primary, secondary or tertiary) of your choice and you have until 24 April to enter.

Focus on school choice: Links to a range of Education Forum papers on school choice.

Parliamentary submission: On 9 April, the Education Forum presented ideas for reforming teacher training to the select committee inquiry into teacher education. Notes accompanying its appearance are now online.

Press release: In our latest press release, we look at the suggestions of John Morris, the Education Forum's chairman, for improving teacher quality; and in another we argue that the GATS will help maximise the export education industry.

Quick fact: We highlight the percentage and numbers of students at private and integrated schools.

Speech: Does Economics Have Anything to Say About Early Childhood Education Policy? Norman LaRocque's speech to the Early Childhood Council Annual Conference in Christchurch on 4 April.

OpEds: Issue 37, School zoning: fairness or fraud? Jennifer Buckingham, Policy Analyst, The Centre for Independent Studies; Issue 36, Critic and conscience of society?, James Allan, Associate Professor of Law, University of Otago.

Briefing papers: No.8, The logic of school choice - a dialogue, Martin Hames; No.7, International perspectives on government funding of non-government schools, Pauline Nesdale.

Presentation: Who Should Pay? Tuition Fees and Tertiary Education Financing in New Zealand, an Education Forum presentation given at a workshop at ACT's annual conference in March.

Head to head: In the New Zealand Education Review recently, Emeritus Professor of Education Warwick B Elley argued that the NCEA does not pass the test and Education Minister Trevor Mallard responded to Professor Elley's concerns. We feature the debate.

The latest in education news: Links to overseas and domestic stories including: tertiary fees not deterring poorer students in UK; Victoria University signs partnership with Auckland-based private colleges group; alternative teaching certifications emerge in US; vouchers look likely in Colorado.

And, don't forget, Subtext, our in-depth newsletter for education policy news and critiques can be accessed and read online at our website.

We will email this Update as we update our website. If you have any comments about our email communications, or if there's anything you'd like to see in them, contact us .

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