New Zealand Follows UK Options To Improve Education

News / August 23, 2011

As the UK educational secretary pursues the free schools and academy options Don Brash New Zealand’s leader of the opposition ACT party is also pushing for successful schools to be able to expand and take over other schools.

Much of the rationale for the change in direction is based on the 1992 development in Sweden that allowed any group to open a school and receive governmental financial support. His proposal also promoted the concept of schools receiving funding per student and parents being allowed to choose their school. The better schools would receive the allowance per student whilst the poor performing schools would loose children and subsequent funding ..more

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