Education Minister Chris Hipkins has commissioned a major review of Tomorrow’s Schools, which will consider issues including schools’ relationships with their community.
Do boards of trustees, consisting of elected parent representatives, have the expertise to run big, complicated multimilliondollar institutions? Can they competently appoint principals? And should zones be strictly enforced?
That report is about to be presented to him; he’s not yet commenting on its likely recommendations, and whether the proliferation of zones is eroding parental choice.
Zoning has been a common theme in submissions to the review’s taskforce, the ministry advised.
Meanwhile, the job of drawing zone boundaries and consulting communities about them falls to boards of trustees.
‘‘The reality is the negotiation is usually done with the ministry,’’ New Zealand School Trustees’ Association president Lorraine Kerr says.
There’s ‘‘very little’’ flexibility for boards directed to draw a zone, and yet some appeared to be selective.
Zoning is not a one-size-fitsall solution, she says.