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Steve Thomas

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What will New Zealand be like in 2023?

What will New Zealand be like in 2023?


Last weekend, three of our political leaders outlined their priorities for 2013 as they turn their minds to election year….

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The rule of law, democracy and economic freedom

The rule of law, democracy and economic freedom


Is New Zealand the freest nation in the world? Two international freedom rankings have been published recently, with New Zealand…

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Entitlement reform

Entitlement reform


The British think tank Reform has examined the prospects of the contemporary welfare state in a new report published last…

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Primary school teachers’ union rejects teacher standards proposal

Primary school teachers’ union rejects teacher standards proposal


Primary school teachers around the country have unanimously rejected a Ministry of Education proposal that would have allowed the Secretary…

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Understanding Charter Schools: Research Note #2

Understanding Charter Schools: Research Note #2

By Steve Thomas


As a form of charter school, the Government’s pilot Partnership Schools, or Kura Hourua, will operate alongside regular state schools….

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Engaging students at the margins of schooling

Engaging students at the margins of schooling


What happens to the students with such serious behavioural, social or learning problems that no school will take them? According…

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Affording our future

Affording our future


The Treasury has appointed an External Panel of experts and commentators to investigate the issues and options around what the…

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Is New Zealand’s Education System World Class?

Is New Zealand’s Education System World Class?


Does New Zealand have a “world class” education system? This week the Secretary for Education, Lesley Longstone wrote in the…

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Government acts to make housing more affordable

Government acts to make housing more affordable


Helping more New Zealanders to buy their own home is not just about making the Kiwi dream of owning a…

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Partnership Schools Bill introduced

Partnership Schools Bill introduced


Partnership Schools came one step closer to becoming a reality yesterday. The Government has introduced legislation in the latest Education…

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The National Standards data trap

The National Standards data trap


It has finally happened. The long-awaited National Standards data was released to the public by Fairfax media recently, and the…

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Understanding Charter Schools: Research Note #1

Understanding Charter Schools: Research Note #1

By Steve Thomas


Charter schools have been in the headlines repeatedly this year – much of the time as critics point out their…

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Could the real charter schools data please stand up?

Could the real charter schools data please stand up?


Charter schools have been a hot topic of debate on and off all year. As their introduction approaches, there have…

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National standards data now live

National standards data now live


The Ministry of Education has today released national standards data for primary and intermediate schools. As indicated, the data has…

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Strong appetite for National Standards data

Strong appetite for National Standards data


It is great to see national standards data being vigorously debated as the first data submitted by schools is published…

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KIPP Charter Schools event

KIPP Charter Schools event


Next week, Auckland University and the New Zealand Initiative, with the support of the Aotearoa Foundation, are hosting a public…

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Evaluating Partnership Schools

Evaluating Partnership Schools


The past few months at the Ministry of Education were probably busy ones, as its analysts were putting the final…

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School choice is hip

School choice is hip


Hipsters and education policy reform aren’t normally two things you’d think of putting together, but that is all about to…

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ERO wrong to pull decile ratings

ERO wrong to pull decile ratings


The Education Review Office (ERO) recently announced it will no longer publish school decile ratings in its school reports. A…

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Academics oppose school league tables

Academics oppose school league tables


In an open letter published yesterday to Education Minister Hekia Parata, over 100 academics have signalled their opposition to the…

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