Not known for their understanding of education, finance – or anything for that matter – known for thinking that everyone else is dumb too – Metiria Turei has been stating that the money budgeted for Charter Schools should go into the general education fund (black hole)
Four things – that you could assume she knows but why be honest?
1) The education budget is not zero sum – the money did not come out of some other area – primary and secondary school budgets increased in the last budget.
2) Within this context $19 million is chump change. One secondary school in South Auckland (e.g. Papatoetoe High School) spends over $11 million per annum. Is Turei asking about their level of accountability for the $55 million they have sent in the last 5 years to create a situation where nearly 50% of their students are failing the basic Level 1 NCEA qualification?
3) There is targeted spending in the education budget in many areas – e.g. lower decile schools have bigger per student budgets that higher decile ones. It is not about targeted spending here for the Greens but CONTROL.
4) If she wants this spread across the 2500 schools (let alone ECE and/or tertiary) – that is $7600 per school per annum. One tenth of a teacher salary or maybe their toilet paper budget? Per NZ school student (760,000 in 2012) it is about $25. Would love to see a Green evaluation of the effects of that $25. Why is it beyond MSM reporters to ask that question?
If the left were as worried about accountability for the rest of the education spend as they are about this $19 million NZ schools might become truly world class. The vast multi-millions per annum schools might have to justify their spending and the salaries tenured out year after year.
Under previous leaderships the Greens seemed to think. Norman and Turei don’t and are selling out the Maori and Pasifika dominated tail because they want to stay close to the unions and think there is political gain in it.
They claim to stand for the poor and choice for minority groups – clearly only to the point where they can keep control of people’s minds. Getting their hands on the state education system to promote their ideology comes well before the welfare of Maori and Pasifika children.
They are clearly happy with what Hipkins implied are ghetto situations and year after year of carp outcomes for the lower class – so long as if keeps them in the trough.
Time for parents to demand the choices their children need.