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ERIC Number: ED422602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
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Growing the Flax Shoots=Whakaritorito Te Tupu O Te Harakeke: Power-Sharing in Education and Dilemmas and Implications for New Zealand Schools.
Rae, Ken
Reform of New Zealand schools has been ongoing since 1988, when the Task Force to Review Education Administration recommended devolution of managerial control, within national guidelines, for each of the country's 2,700 state school boards of trustees with a majority of elected parents' representatives. Reforms instituted since 1989 across all sectors of New Zealand's education system can be set within a context of economic and governmental reforms since 1985. Reforms are analyzed from within public-choice theory, principal-agent theory, and managerialism for links to a New Public Management (NPM) model. Greater self-management for tomorrow's schools has been accompanied by greater governmental specification of desired outputs and increased accountability. Schools and their boards must comply in particular with the Education Act (1989), the State Sector Act (1988), and the Public Finance Act (1989). The tasks and dilemmas facing boards and educators in 1989, 1993, and 1997 are described. There is an ongoing tension between equity as a goal and choice as a means to responsiveness and effectiveness. Some 1997 modifications to the NPM model are recorded. Contains an abstract, three appendices containing national education guidelines, curriculum timelines and policy directives. (Contains 47 references.) (Author/MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand