Five Otago schools are to be investigated by the Office of the Auditor-general as part of a nationwide review of funding in New Zealand's integrated schools.
At least four sites have already been identified as having the potential to house a private, independent school in Queenstown, with backers saying they had a "groundswell" of support.
During tough fiscal times, New Zealand schools appear to be refining their budgets by hiring increasing numbers of teachers on short-term contracts.
Fears school pupils will not be pushed to achieve to the greatest of their abilities are becoming a reality under National Standards, a report shows.
National education testing results should not be used to judge a school or teachers' performance, visiting Australian academic Margaret Wu says.
Pressure on the Ministry of Education to operate in a "constrained fiscal environment" is likely to be eased by the disposal of several Dunedin schools that have been closed for the past two years.
Otago principals are concerned by proposed Ministry of Education changes to regional operations, aimed at improving efficiency.
The release of plans for either a refurbishment or a total rebuild of the new Carisbrook School are imminent, board of trustees chairwoman Isabell Sinclair Irwin says.
Small schools in urban areas such as Dunedin are likely to come under increasing scrutiny during the next three years, as the Ministry of Education tries to operate in a "constrained fiscal environment".
Educational reform agendas are often political and built largely on myth and rhetoric rather than hard evidence, the University of Otago's Dr Darrell Latham writes.
Thirty pupils were at Rotary Park School today, and school officials are hoping the number will increase with time.
Nearly 2000 primary school children were sent home last year as a result of serious disciplinary matters - including 75 whose behaviour was so bad they were told not to bother returning.
Education staff selection has truly entered the digital age.
State integration of a Queenstown special-character school may lead to competition with overcrowded Wakatipu schools for sites designated by the Ministry of Education, a hearing commissioner says.
Peter Lyons argues that, while there is much scope for innovative public policy to improve teacher and school performance, charter schools are not the way to go.
The Wanaka Primary School Future Trust has made a $6000 distribution of its earnings to the school.
A Labour-led Government would invest $75m over four years to put laptops into the hands of 31,000 year 7 to year 13 students in low-decile schools.
There is merit in Don Brash's call for merit pay for teachers, argues Pete Lyons.
An Auckland school has triggered an uproar by placing the new iPad on its 'compulsory' stationery list for Year 9 students next year.
Three Otago integrated schools which have introduced personal laptops or netbooks say parents have supported the move.