There's an interesting new entrant into the Charter Schools market; the Herald reports:
Tuhoe plans to set up three charter schools and are negotiating with the Education Ministry on how they can do it on their own terms.Tribal negotiator Tamati Kruger said the Crown's model for charter schools would be used as a basis for the schools.Mr Kruger said Tuhoe expressed interest in setting up the schools early this year and had been working with the Education Ministry since.The iwi plan to set up three schools - a primary, intermediate and a secondary school - on different campuses but run by one board.Tuhoe children predominantly attend rural schools and the schools find it hard to recruit people to boards of trustees.
Well, well; that's an interesting development indeed. We wonder what the Labour Party and the teacher unions will have to say about it.
Of course Tuesday's announcement that Tuhoe and the Government are close to settling a long-standing impasse will see Tuhoe getting a significant cash injection. And we reckon that it's a very positive step that iwi leaders are going to make a significant investment in the education of their tamariki.