The Charter School Movement In New Zealand And England



Introduction
In 1994, the Globe and Mail reported that question period in the
Alberta legislature had turned into a rowdy exchange. Liberal leader
Laurence Decore had requested that Premier Klein clarify his government's
vague reference to piloting charter schools in the speech from the throne.
Klein responded that he was not exactly sure what a charter school was.
The ensuing uproar forced the speaker to close the house. Premier Klein is
not the only one that is a little fuzzy about charter schools. (Barlow,
204) Our class poll of Prince George citizens revealed that not many
understand what a charter school is. In spite of his claim of ignorance,
Klein's government passed charter ...

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23) Others insist it is part of the neo-liberal agenda to crush
labour unions, and allow the market to operate unfettered without costly
government intervention. These people contend that adoption of a market
based system will lead to a two-tiered system of winners and losers and
that those in greatest need of support will fall by the wayside. (Barlow,
202) Whichever way one wants to analyze the phenomena, it seems to be part
of a larger trend of decentralization of government services. At present,
over 60 countries are undergoing some form of decentralization. (Class
Notes) The motives for this decentralization can be government attempts at
cost-saving through elimination of functional overlap or an effort to
satiate demands from local groups for greater control over services,
accountability, and participation. Indeed when one looks at the charter
school movement in other nations, one finds all of these factors at work.
In an attempt to illustrate these themes, I will look ...

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Canada the implementation of the
provincial education policy is left up to an elected board of School
trustees. Alberta is the only exception in that it has a board made up of
both representatives whose role is exclusive to education and councilors
who are responsible for public works, libraries etc.(242) Some of these
elected boards are authorized to raise money through taxation while others
must rely exclusively on government funding. Similar to the trend in
municipal governance, even those that are capable of raising their own
funding still depend heavily on government grants to operate(Class Notes
and Lightbody, 263). This reliance on government funding is part of ...

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