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Roll change and the removal of zoning, 1991-1998

Richard Harker

Zoning was abolished in 1991 with the stated aim of increasing choice for parents. Ministry of Education data show a considerable shift of student populations between schools, leading towards a dual system of higher and middle decile schools for the (mostly Pakeha) middle classes, and lower decile schools for the (mostly Maori and Pacific) poorer classes. To change this, we need a system that provides real choices for families, without the damaging social and educational consequences of the present system.

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