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Nothing New or Innovative in Charter School Announcement

Tuesday, 17 September 2013, 2:09 pm | Dr Peter O'Connor

The five charter schools announced by the Minister of Education this morning offers nothing new or innovative to lift the achievement of students. It reveals amediocrity of thinking by the Charter School Authorisation Board. Although promised a new model ... More >>

Charter School Board Desperate and Undemocratic Act

Friday, 1 March 2013, 4:27 pm | Dr Peter O'Connor

The announcement of the new Charter School Board demonstrates the desperation of the ACT party to establish its research and development unit on the poor before the next election. Associate Professor Peter O’Connor of the University of Auckland ... More >>

Longstone chucked overboard

Wednesday, 19 December 2012, 2:23 pm | Dr Peter O'Connor

The education sector knows that the ideological agenda the government has set for education is bigger than one person and that Lesley Longstone's resignation won't unfortunately change the government's direction. More >>

Charter Schools: Worst Fears Confirmed

Thursday, 8 November 2012, 12:33 pm | Dr Peter O'Connor

Charter Schools: Worst Fears Confirmed The recent admission from the Minister responsible for the introduction of charter schools, John Banks, that charter schools will not have to accept students in the local area confirms the worst fears of opponents to ... More >>

Charter Schools: an Information Free Zone

Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 12:54 pm | Dr Peter O'Connor

Associate Professor Peter O'Connor from The University of Auckland says that the secrecy surrounding the deal to establish charter schools, the confusion that has been the single defining feature of them since they were announced, is now compounded ... More >>

Unsung Heroes of Christchurch kicked in the Guts

Friday, 14 September 2012, 9:12 am | Dr Peter O'Connor

In the first weeks after the February earthquake I had the privilege of working alongside teachers in the Eastern suburbs. Christchurch schools were the glue that held those communities together. And they still do. Teachers dealing with their own tragedies ... More >>

Charter Schools Still A Pig

Thursday, 2 August 2012, 12:21 pm | Dr Peter O'Connor

The phrase “You can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig” springs to mind with the announcement that the New Zealand version of charter schools will now be called Partnership schools or Kura Hourua. More >>

Petrol Poured on Fire with Charter School Terms of Reference

Friday, 1 June 2012, 1:30 pm | Dr Peter O'Connor

The Ministry of Education probably has enough on its plates at the moment without the extra turmoil that will be created by the announcement today of the terms of reference for the government’s charter schools working group. More >>

New child abuse ads: Exactly the right message

Monday, 7 December 2009, 11:53 am | Dr Peter O'Connor

The new Are You Strong Enough? Never Ever Shake a Baby campaign is exactly the sort of message thousands of children and young people have been advocating needs to happen. Over the past six years, in an education programme about family violence coordinated ... More >>