Some interesting figures on the cost of charter schools… sorry… partnership schools. I like the comparison with the public sector schools. It’s interesting that this comes out as information from the UK showing Michael Gove is raiding various other parts of the education sector to fund his predictably unsuccessful free schools experiment.
NZ’s charter schools are proving to be small and expensive, according to figures obtained under the Official Information Act.
The 1 March roll returns confirm a total of only 367 students were enrolled in the first five charter schools, which makes this an expensive experiment”, says QPEC Chairperson Bill Courtney.
In contrast to their small size, there is a high level of cash funding, as detailed payments obtained under the Official Information Act show quite clearly.”
Over $6 million has been paid out to the sponsors of these schools in one-off, non-recoverable Establishment Payments.
In addition, the regular Operational funding is proving to be higher than local State schools in the same area.
If the purpose of charter schools was to create alternatives in places such as South Auckland, then the funding comparisons need to be fair.
Our point is simple: if the government is prepared to throw that much…
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