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Charter school announcement slammed as undemocratic

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Latest Education News | Saturday March 2 2013 15:08

Charter school announcement slammed as undemocratic

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The announcement of a charter school board before the select committee process is complete, is being slammed as desperate and undemocratic.

Associate Education Minister and ACT Party Leader John Banks named the board and its members late yesterday, before a select committee has finished considering the legislation that will allow charter schools to operate.

Associate Professor Peter O'Connor from Auckland University's School of Critical Studies in Education says Mr Banks is in such a hurry that he has forgotten even a pretence at democracy.

"There's an assumption there that it is a done deal already, and that the minister knows what it is that he is after."

Associate Professor O'Connor it demonstrates the desperation of the ACT Party to establish its research and development unit before the next election.

He says the appointment of ACT Party stalwart Catherine Isaac as head of the Board is particularly galling.

"She did an incredibly poor job last year selling the charter school experiment, and to have her back again now leading the implementation is, I think, appalling."

O'Connor says Catherine Isaac dismayed educators across the country last year with her failure to understand the basics of the New Zealand education system.

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