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Launch of Results of Education Research Project

10 June 2005
Media Release:

Launch of Results of Major Education Research Project
Publication Day Today - 10 June 2005

We have now published the outcome of a major piece of research we commissioned on the key issues involved in privatisation of education in New Zealand and internationally.

The research project is entitled “Privatisation of Education” and subtitled -

FACTFILES: PRIVATE AND PUBLIC EDUCATION
An international study of educational reform with a New Zealand focus

The research is in the form of 42 “factfiles” and is now accessible on our website at www.qpec.org.nz or by using the links on the attached index.

These factfiles will be a major new resource for parents, students, educators, journalists and politicians and all those interested in education policy in the early childhood, school and tertiary sectors.

Each fact-file takes an even-handed look at the key issues involved in different aspects of educational reform around the world both from the point of view of advocates of public education as well as those supporting privatisation.

We have done this essentially out of respect for New Zealand parents, students, educators and commentators. Using this resource they will be able to become much better informed about the issues for education in New Zealand beyond the various political party slogans to be expected this year.

Taken together the factfiles reveal the deception behind so-called “school choice” policies, “voucher” schemes and private provision of education as well as pointing to the huge damage from continuing and growing privatisation under the current government.

The research reveals that with privatisation policies –

There is no improvement in student achievement
Popular schools choose the students they want rather than the other way round
There is less choice and lower quality for young people from lower income communities at all levels of education
The quality of education depends on a person’s ability to pay

As the year progresses, the factfiles will develop a stronger local flavour as they are updated with the education policies of the various political parties.


Schools
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/charter_schools Charter schools
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/class_sizes Class size and school size
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/communities_and_choice Communities and choice
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/examinations Examinations
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/who_should_run_schools Who should run schools?
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/reform_to_overcome_disadvantage Reform to overcome disadvantage
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/integrated_schools Integrated schools
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/limited_voucher_schemes Limited voucher schemes
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/magnet_schools Magnet schools
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/parental_choice_of_school Parental choice of school
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/performance_pay Performance pay
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/religious_education Religious education
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/school_admissions School admissions
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/school_choice School choice
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/school_fees School fees
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/special_needs Special needs
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/specialist_schools Specialist schools
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/teachers_work Teachers’ work
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/vouchers Vouchers


Other systems
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/Chile Chile
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/Cleveland_voucher_scheme Cleveland voucher scheme
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/Milwaukee_vouchers Milwaukee vouchers
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/no_child_left_behind No Child Left Behind
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/other_countries Choice in other countries
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/Sweden Sweden

International
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/GATS General agreement on trade in services (GATS)
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/Foreign_students_in_NZ Foreign students in New Zealand schools


Tertiary/ higher education
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/domestic_student_fees Domestic student fees and allowances
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/funding_of_tertiary_education Funding of tertiary education
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/private_tertiary_education Private tertiary education
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/student_loans Student loans
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/tertiary_staff Tertiary staff
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/youth_training_and_TOPS Youth training and TOPS

Advocacy groups
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/Education_forum Education Forum
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/Maxim_institute Maxim Institute
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/Visionschools Visionschools

General
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/privatisation Privatisation
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/public_education Public education
http://www.qpec.org.nz/privatisation/home_schooling Home schooling
Tutoring companies


Website: www.qpec.org.nz

QPEC
Quality Public Education Coalition (Inc)

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