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Education Forum Update

Education Forum Update

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

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

a.. The myth of 'free' funding for early childhood education

Media releases:

a.. Parents in the zone when it comes to school choice, study shows b.. Giving with one hand, taking with the other c.. Free childcare for some will cost us plenty d.. Student allowances expansion a cost the country can't bear Speeches:

a.. School Choice, lessons from New Zealand: Norman LaRocque at the international conference on school choice held by the Cato Institute in Washington DC. b.. A New Deal, making education work for all New Zealanders: Norman LaRocque's speech to the Visionschools' conference. c.. A New Deal, choice and competition in the New Zealand school sector: Education Forum member Sue Thorne to the Liberal Forum in Hamilton. OpEds:

a.. Issue 59, Why teachers should support the market, by Mark Harrison. b.. Issue 58, Centralised, highly unionised system is failing students, by Mark Harrison. c.. Issue 57, Education voucher scheme simpler than it's made out, by Bill English.


a.. Financial Reviews by the Education and Science Committee: Key staff from various government education agencies front up to the Education and Science Committee and also answer written questions. b.. OECD Policy Briefs on education issues: The OECD has recently released four education related Policy Briefs that are relevant to current policy discussions in New Zealand. Subtext: Still fresh and online, our May edition of Subtext looks at how a new website profiling the nation's secondary schools should be developed into a school ranking; we also speak to Susan Hassall, New Zealand's only female head of a boys' secondary school and find out how PTEs did in the Performance Based Research Fund results, plus much more.

News: Links to a range of domestic and international news including: NZ Budget stories; school claims funding 'ludicrously inadequate'; money for private school links; cut-price private schools set for launch; US's first college voucher programme OK'd.

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