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Our 2004 AGM is to be held at –

St Columba Centre, Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland

Saturday 24th April, 10am to 3pm

We will be beginning this year with a public forum to be followed by the formal AGM. Everyone welcome to all sessions.

The timetable will run as follows –

9.30 Tea/Coffee

10.00 Public Forum “How important is the Social Context in which Education takes place today?”

(3 presenters with questions and discussion to follow)

• Liz Gordon – ex Alliance MP – will present recent research on poverty in NZ

• Anna Lee – Auckland teacher – will present the findings of her research on transience (children frequently changing schools) and its links to poverty

• Janfrie Wakim – Child Poverty Action Group – family income levels and poverty, the impact of NCEA fees etc

11.15 “Airbrushing Educational Research to suit Other Agendas” –

John O’Neill – Massey University College of Education

11.45 Tea Coffee

12.00 QPEC AGM begins

National Chair report

Regional Reports

Treasurer’s report

Election of Officers

12.30 Lunch

1.00 Current Issues for QPEC

Vouchers and Privatisation – proposal for a QPEC publication

- Emeritus Professor Ivan Snook

Budget 2004 – getting a fair deal for education at all levels

School Closures

Race, Privilege and Education – The facts Vs Don Brash

Tertiary Education fees

Special Education Update – Linda Williams

Other Issues

2.30 General Business

3.00 Close

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