Wide-ranging education changes shouldn’t be rushed, says NZEI

Just found this and I fear this is what will come to Canada unless citizens fight to save public education. Click on the links to learn more. I don’t have time right now to simplify this message other than to say get involved and learn what is happening in your own community. Support those who are fighting to save our schools because you may not have children in the system right now but your children will be having your grandchildren soon and your livelihood as you get older depends on the stability of young families and their children.

 

The announcement of wide-ranging changes via a new education Bill signals a potential shift in the structure of schooling. 

The Education Legislation Bill 2015 includes amendments to eight Acts covering issues from charter schools to student identification numbers and school opening hours.

NZEI Te Riu Roa President Louise Green said the changes could have wider effects than just administration and governance.

“Some of the changes indicate a big shift in the structure of schooling, such as enabling principals to ‘manage’ more than one school. Principals are leaders of teaching professionals, not a CEO across a chain of stores.

“Likewise, allowing tertiary institutions to sponsor charter schools is an unnecessary extension of the model, and enabling the State Services Commissioner to approve changes to terms and conditions of employment raises a raft of questions and concerns.

“We really need a national conversation about some of these larger changes, rather than rushing them through as part of a grab bag of tweaks and updates.”

– NZEI

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