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Close Up: Friday September 21

Published: 6:49PM Friday September 21, 2012 Source: Close Up

Christchurch schools
A legal expert is questioning the legality of the proposed shutdown of many Christchurch schools.
Angry teachers, community leaders and parents want a backdown on last week's announcement of a massive education overhaul in the quake-hit region.
Abby Scott investigates.
Legal expert Mai Chen says the Government has set itself up for a legal battle and Shirley Intermediate principal Geoff Siave shares his views.

Prisoner rehabilitation
There are over 8000 people in our prisons but how do we keep them on the straight and narrow when they get out? One group is trying to break the crime cycle with picture books.
Jehan Casinader went inside a high-security prison to find out how.
The NZ Howard League for Penal Reform is still looking for volunteers for its Literacy in Jails Programme. If you can help, visit their website  

Driven mad by the new license test
Just over six months ago the practical driving test was made a lot harder, and the number of drivers passing it has plummeted from around 80% to 38%.
Greg Boyed checks it out.

Opera and a little bit more
New Zealand opera's latest production - The Bartered Bride - opens in Auckland this weekend. But this English opera mixes circus, dance and comedy - and a lot more than a fat lady singing.
Mark Crysell with the story.