Hekia Parata is closing a couple of special schools in the South Island, explaining:
At the very heart of this difficult decision lies the opportunity to provide services and support for more children with complex needs in their local community. We can link local services with the remaining residential provision to achieve a more personalised and high quality approach for children and their families. “I am satisfied that this combination of services will make sufficient provision for all children with special education needs both locally and nationally.
I’m pretty sure this means:
The Finance Minister is making me close schools to save money because he promised to reduce the deficit before the next election and I’m closing these ones because teaching intellectually disabled students has a high student/teacher cost ratio, which means I can save more money and have fewer parents mad at me.
Also, I’ve found that if you imagine all of Parata’s statements being said in Ralph Wiggum’s voice (‘I’m consulting widely!’) it lowers your expectations of her to a realistic level.