This article from Fast Company Magazine discusses charter schools in New Orleans, where 71% of students attend these schools of this type. The article starts:
'With 71% of New Orleans schoolchildren attending charter schools, the
atmosphere is ripe for testing new educational ideas. Enter 4.0 Schools,
a nonprofit incubator that helps turn teachers into entrepreneurs'.
It's interesting to note that the article states:
'While charters' performance as measured by student test scores both nationwide and in the city has been mixed, they undeniably increase the local appetite for trying new educational ideas'.
On reading the article you will find that many of the 'initiatives' highlighted have been in place in New Zealand state schools for a considerable time, clearly demonstrating that New Zealand doesn't need charter schools to be innovative in education.
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