Excerpt Ffom Nats vow takeover of failing schools:
In a keynote speech on education yesterday, National's leader Don Brash said the single funding system would lead to "total independence" for schools reaching the highest standards.
"Schools which have established a reputation for excellence should be given total independence of governance by allowing them to have the ownership of the property they use vested in their trustees on behalf of the community. We might call them trust schools," he said in a speech at Auckland's Westlake Girls High School. "They would have the right to borrow and expand, in principle taking over responsibility for weaker schools nearby."
He said later that the takeovers would be negotiated between schools, but would allow those doing well to set up new campuses.
The plan � which mirrors ACT policy � was based on systems overseas. It would go hand-in-hand with an end to zoning and the single funding stream would allow schools to bypass "cloth cap trade union" salary arrangements, rewarding teachers on a competitive basis.
This still doesn't really explain how well-performing schools taking of worse-off schools will help, unless they have the impression that trustees running these 'elite' schools will have the experience and skills needed to raise the levels of neighbouring schools.
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