Auckland Primary Principals Association

Another email from Perry Rush

Another email via the tipline showing that the union organised opposition to National Standards are planning to ignore government policy and refuse to submit National Standards data to the Ministry or at the very least to submit them in a format that makes things difficult. Worse they are inciting more schools to essentially break the law:
Email from Perry Rush

Perry¬†Rush is, of course, the principal of Island Bay School in Wellington, and was among a number of principals plotting to take over¬†the School Trustees Association.¬†– along with the likes of¬†Labour candidate Pat Newman, Auckland’s Iain Taylor,¬†the NZEI’s Frances Nelson and the infamous Marlene Campbell, who called Anne Tolley “Hitler”.

An email exchange shows principals involved in a boycott of the standards discussed “dealing with” the New Zealand School Trustees Association.

“The easiest way is for us to quietly take over regional organisations of NZSTA … Just imagine NZSTA run by principals!” an email written by Hora Hora School principal Pat Newman states.

Mr Newman is former president of the Principals’ Federation and the immediate past president of the Tai Tokerau Principals Association.

He is one of two Labour Party members vying for selection to stand as the Labour candidate in Whangarei next year.

His email was sent to, among others, Denise Torrey, president of the Canterbury Primary Principals Association; Frances Nelson, president of the national primary teachers’ union; Iain Taylor, president of the Auckland Primary Principals Association, and Perry Rush, Island Bay School principal.

Marlene Campbell, principal of Invercargill’s Salford School and a member of the Southland Primary Principals Association executive, which this week called Education Minister Anne Tolley “Minister Hitler”, was also a recipient. All have been vocal critics of the national standards.

Mr Taylor responded to Mr Newman’s August 20 email with: “Oh that the go!! Great thinking … loved ya email to her too … man she awful!!” Mr Taylor was referring to NZSTA president Lorraine Kerr, who has refused to criticise or fully endorse the standards.

So you can see the calibre of the company he keeps……

These guys however just keep on repeating lies – and hope lazy journalists pick up on them. So the stuff about flaws is crap – as is Standards failing overseas – they have never been introduced overseas. (Standard testing has – ie one test on one day –¬†but that’s not what National’s policy is implementing – here in New Zealand we are monitoring kids throughout the year.) We know that it is all crap because the union is hiring a useful idiot to conduct “independent”¬†research to confirm their lies.

There’s no doubt this is a political campaign, with Perry Rush¬†and other principals trying to dupe and bully boards into signing off on something they probably don’t understand – while trusting their principals to be professional.

Rush has constantly exagerrated the numbers he has backing him Рand this is yet another petty protest as he knows he is getting no traction whatsoever in the media.

BUT what Perry Rush doesn’t tell the boards – and¬†this is the bit that readers will appreciate – if schools don’t set targets against Standards, the Ministry won’t have the info to target funding for the kids and schools which need it. So they will miss out on millions in resourcing, and kids in these schools will continue to fail – all because of politics. Parents will then be demanding an explanation from their school. They should be demanding an¬†explanation¬†fromt heir schools now about why they are trying to circumvent government policy that could well affect future funding.

Also – schools which don’t set targets won’t have access to professional development for their teachers – which is worth about $80 million a year.

Of course, the other reason they¬†don’t want to set targets is that communities will then find out which principals/teachers aren’t up to scratch – and again parents will, rightly, demand answers.

Both NZEI and the Principals’ Federation flounced out of the independent advisory group which was set up to address concerns. Of course they are only interested in union members – not kids. They honestly believe Labour will win the election and they can go back to the bad old days where parents were kept in the dark about how their kids are doing in school.

They’ve never forgiven Anne Tolley for introducing this without them giving the OK – and now the unions can’t get their voice heard and it’s killing them.

By the way – these are primary school kids – they don’t pass or fail – it’s only by identifying which kids are struggling that they can be given additional support so they can read, write and do maths properly. A lot of schools already say they know which kids are struggling – which begs the question – what the hell have they been doing about it?

Time to smash the Teachers Unions, all of them, hard

The Dompost shows the very great lengths that the Tweetchers and Principals are prepared to go to to control the sector.

A group of rebel principals plotted to “quietly take over” an association representing 90 per cent of school boards in an effort to overwhelm the national standards debate, leaked emails suggest.

An email exchange shows principals involved in a boycott of the standards discussed “dealing with” the New Zealand School Trustees Association.

“The easiest way is for us to quietly take over regional organisations of NZSTA … Just imagine NZSTA run by principals!” an email written by Hora Hora School principal Pat Newman states.

Mr Newman is former president of the Principals’ Federation and the immediate past president of the Tai Tokerau Principals Association.

He is one of two Labour Party members vying for selection to stand as the Labour candidate in Whangarei next year.

His email was sent to, among others, Denise Torrey, president of the Canterbury Primary Principals Association; Frances Nelson, president of the national primary teachers’ union; Iain Taylor, president of the Auckland Primary Principals Association, and Perry Rush, Island Bay School principal.

Marlene Campbell, principal of Invercargill’s Salford School and a member of the Southland Primary Principals Association executive, which this week called Education Minister Anne Tolley “Minister Hitler”, was also a recipient. All have been vocal critics of the national standards.

Mr Taylor responded to Mr Newman’s August 20 email with: “Oh that the go!! Great thinking … loved ya email to her too … man she awful!!” Mr Taylor was referring to NZSTA president Lorraine Kerr, who has refused to criticise or fully endorse the standards.

The organisation they wanted to infiltrate and take over by stealth is the same organisation that reminded Borads of Trustees that they were now to pass any school funds on to the illegal boycott of National Standards. No wonder the Labour member activist Principals wanted to take it over.

While Labour candidate presumptive Pat Newman thinks that it is all much ado about nothing his vast protest against the implementation of government policy seems to be unravelling before their very eyes. With leak after leak of documents showing their meddling, their nicking of state funding to pay for the protest and the outright lies of their cause, is it any surprise then that we find out that a third of the schools that Pat Newman and his fellow conspirators have declared to be in their cabal, aren’t, in fact.

Nearly a third of the schools that said they had no confidence in National Standards have told the Ministry of Education they do in fact plan to implement the controversial scheme.

A group called Boards Taking Action Coalition said last week that the trustees from 225 schools around the country had issued a vote of no confidence in National Standards. As a result those schools would refuse to set student achievements targets for next year until the system was reviewed.

The next day the ministry starting contacting all of the protesting schools’ boards of trustees to check the claim.

The Herald has learned 66 of the 225 coalition boards indicated their schools planned to implement the standards in full. A further 109 said they would take some form of action or were yet to decide if they would implement the standards in full. Fifty schools are yet to be contacted.

The ministry yesterday said it could not comment as it had not finished making all the calls.

So this means that the cabal of conspirators are in fact big fat liars. Worse thing is that these people are in charge of teaching our children.

I think it is high time that there was a general smacking around of the teacher and¬†principal¬†unions. They certainly shouldn’t be able to avail themselves of taxpayers funds to mount their protests.

While we are smacking about uppity teachers, i see that the Herald has also picked up that Marlene Campbell just can’t seem to say sorry like she means it. If there was any case for the sacking of a¬†Principal¬†it is her case, and I would put a commissioner into her school, along with Perry Rush’s and Pat Newman’s.

Who is funding the National Standards Boycott? – Part 2

This blog revealed the huge sums of money that¬†Principal¬†Associations are spending of taxpayer’s money to fight government policy. I have today¬†received¬†confirmation of the $60,000 from reserves that the Auckland Primary¬†Principals¬†Association¬†has “donated” to the ¬†NZ¬†Principals¬†Federation (the¬†Principals¬†union).

It was agreed that APPA would commit up to $60,000 (from reserves) to provide funding for a resource that would enable principals and their boards to learn more about the flaws in the current national standards so that boards would be in a better position to make informed decisions about national standards. It is envisaged that in the near future principals will be told how they can access this resource support, should they wish to. This ‚Äėresource‚Äô is most likely to be a principal or principals who have particular expertise in the national standards, to meet with principals, management staff and boards.

That is money given to the APPA by Boards of Trustees as part of the Principal collective agreement and also by the sponsors of the APPA, displayed prominently on the newsletter attached. I seriously doubt that these sponsors gave money to the APPA in order for them to use their brand to mount a campaign against the government.

It is clear from this document that the APPA had made its decision to mount and fund the campaign long before ANY BoT was advised or consulted.

APPA Times August 19th

Who is funding the National Standards boycott?

With all the money being spent by the NZ¬†Principals¬†Federation¬†(the¬†principals¬†union) hiring expensive PR firms, setting up expensive websites and mounting the campaign and the all the media liasion you would like to know exactly where that money is coming from wouldn’t you.

Well thanks to The Whaleoil tipline we do now. It is coming from the taxpayer via the various Prinicpals Associations which are funded by the Boards of Trustees and ultimately the government.

Documents obtained via the tipline show that;

Canterbury Primary Principals Association Рdonated $30,000

Southland Primary Principals Association Рdonated $1,000

Manawatu Primary Prinicpals Asociation – donated $10,000

Undisclosed donations from the Catholic Primary Principals Association, the Whanganui Regional Primary Prinicpals Association and the Wellington Regional Primary Principals Association.

I’m also informed that $60,000 was donated by the Auckland Primary¬†Principals¬†Association.

The NZPF NZPF claims individual members are funding this from their own pockets. These documents show otherwise.

The School Trustees Association ¬†has already sent a message to boards saying that schools should not be contributing to this. You might not be aware but ¬†as part of the collective agreement for Prinicpals, schools fund the principal’s membership of the NZPF and local Principals Associations.

These Principals Associations are essentially taking money from the schools, provided by the government and using it to hire expensive PR spin doctors and mount a campaign against a legal requirement.

When the NZPF say that they are funding their campaign out of their own pockets they are demonstrably lying. Parents should be demanding that their Boards prove that they are not funding this campaign and diverting key resources from their children into a union managed campaign against government policy.

I note too that there is a list of sponsors of the NZPF, ironically ranked by how much they have given, a standard in effect. These organisations can now safely be branded as supporting the illegal action to boycott National Standards and themselves should be boycotted by parents who think that the principals should stick to running schools instead of mounting political campaigns.

I wonder how much of the sponsors money has also been used to fund political action against legitimate government policy?

Gold CallPlus Services Limited http://www.callplus.co.nz
Furnware http://www.furnware.co.nz
Konica Minolta Business Solutions New Zealand Limited http://www.konicaminolta.co.nz
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Scholastic New Zealand Limited http://www.scholastic.co.nz
Silver ALSCO http://www.nzts.co.nz
Lundia Shelving Limited http://www.lundia.co.nz
Sitech Systems (NZ) Ltd http://www.sitech.co.nz
Bronze ASB Bank Limited http://www.asb.co.nz
Crest Commercial Cleaning Ltd http://www.crestclean.co.nz
Equico Limited http://www.equico.co.nz
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Intrepica http://www.intrepica.co.nz
MUSAC http://www.musac.co.nz
PhotoLife Studios Limited http://www.photolife.co.nz
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Another day, another leaked email

I have obtained another email, this time from Iain Taylor, the Chair of the Auckland Primary Principals Association. This email shows clearly that the APPA along with Perry Rush have been orchestrating the so called BoT boycott of National Standards, essentially behind the BoT’s backs.

This email sent out earlier, sometime in September directly contradicts the emails that I leaked yesterday between Iain Taylor and a parent.

What is becoming totally clear is that the BoT’s in many of the schools that are part of the boycott have been hoodwinked by the principals.

My understanding from many emails that I have received is that there is now a revolt on against the principals and their actions and many urgent, extraordinary board meetings are being called to reverse the boycott. As early as next week we should start seeing announcements that schools previously listed as supporting the boycott by APPA and Perry Rush are actually in support of National Standards and they do not the support the actions of the APPA, the NZEI or NZPF.

Parents are seething and the Principals and teachers are going to cop it.

Iain Taylor email to APPA Council

Never argue with a Teacher, they just obfuscate

I have emails pouring in now via the tipline regarding the boycott of National Standards by politically motivated principals pretending they have BoT approval.

Here is an email exchange with one such principal who denies that a “boycott” is in place. He is of course merely using semantics and although they haven’t used the word boycott, it is certain that boycott is the only way to describe “Option 1″ in their board minute suggestions for¬†resolutions.

There are certainly a lot of parents that are now rounding on the activist principals.

Note how Iain Taylor backs away from the email sent under their banner as merely passing on information from “another source”.

Emails with Auckland Primary Principals Association

Auckland Primary Principals Association hijacked by Wellington school

Perry Rush is at it again, this time sending emails to other schools trying to enlist them in his protest action.

Now he is suggesting to other board the wording of resolutions for board meetings, even providing form letters and form resolutions.

All this from a¬†Principal¬†of a school that can’t even follow the standards it sets for itself.

Note the email signed by Perry Rush and sent from his email, but is shown in the header to be from the Auckland Primary Principals Association. What is becoming more and more clear as each day goes by that this is an orchestrated campaign by politically motivated Principals and the NZEI, being run out of the schools and the union offices. It seems that The Auckland Primary Principals Association has been hijacked by the Principal of Island Bay School in Wellington.

Email from Perry Rush coordinating still more protest action

Note from the form below that they are asking boards to pass at their next board meetings that the mailing address is Island Bay School. Proof, yet again of school resources being used to muster and co-ordinate protest action.

Boards Form

I'll start listening to teachers on National Standards when they stop hiding criminals

I’m over the teachers unions, The Teachers Council and teachers in general. They are against National Standards for no other reason that it is the national party proposing it, they want huge pay increases because they were silent for Labour for nine years, and they through the Teachers Council and the registration board keep allowing dodgy teachers to hide their names and continue teaching.

On the front page of the Sunday Star Time today it is there in all its glory, the protection of criminal teachers by the Teachers Council.

THIS IS the story the Teachers Council did not want told. The search for the information on criminals teaching our children ultimately needed the intervention of the ombudsman. Journalist Catherine Woulfe ‚Äď now based at Sunday magazine ‚Äď sought the facts but the council declined, on the ground it was not in the public interest. Official Information Act requests were made asking for a range of information on teachers self-reporting a conviction since January 2008. The council again refused, primarily on the grounds it “would require substantial collation and research”. It also said it wanted $3277.12 to cover costs. The Sunday Star-Times went to the ombudsman, who reduced the charge to $760, which we paid. After a year of persistence, the council has finally provided the information.

And while they were obstructing the Sunday Star Times and trying to protect dodgy teachers they were issuing press releases and letters explaining just exactly how they want teachers to vote in a “survey” of the members.

Now don’t get me wrong here, not all crimes are equal and people can certainly make mistakes in their life that shouldn’t necessarily impact their career, but life is tough and sometimes you just have to cop it on the chin. Not if you are a teacher though. You get a free ride, especially if your crimes are against children.

In the past two years, 58 teachers have dobbed themselves in for being convicted of offences punishable by more than three months jail.

That is the threshhold [sic] which requires them to be investigated by the New Zealand Teachers Council.

Despite the admissions, those who retained or were granted teachers registration included ones convicted of:

* Indecent assault against a teenage girl.

* Assault with a blunt instrument and male assaults female.

* Possession of an objectionable publication but is awaiting sentence.

* Threatening to kill, and assault on a woman.

* Grievous bodily harm with reckless disregard.

And a district court judge has also ordered the teachers council to reconsider a primary teacher it banned after she verbally threatened children in class.

I can handle drink driving offences, and fraud, anyone can make mistakes like that once and get over it and still not affect their ability to teach, but I’m afraid that possession of objectionable material, indecent assault, assault, threatening to kill and GBH do not a teacher make.

I remembered a quote in the NZ Herald by Trevor Mallard about this issue regarding the Teachers Council.

Labour education spokesman Trevor Mallard said the council should be moving towards more openness with the public and parents.

“In the end the presumption should be towards openness, and naming is part of the punishment. If you do something that is that serious that you are suspended or struck off, then that should be a matter that is public.”

Education law expert Patrick Walsh said parents had “a right to know”.

And those comments were about the news that:

Five teachers disciplined for offences ranging from sex with students to watching porn in a classroom have had their identities protected as calls to “name and shame” grow.

The details of the ruling against the teachers were published by the Teachers’ Council this week. Two teachers disciplined for misconduct could be back teaching next year. The cases include:

A married male teacher struck off for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student for 18 months.

A male teacher struck off after being caught cruising a public toilet for sex;

A female teacher struck off after being caught claiming the DPB while working;

A female teacher suspended for a year for showing porn to a colleague in a class of 5-year-olds;

A female teacher warned for slapping and hitting 7-year-old students.

The rulings prompted fresh calls for an end to the secret nature of the Teachers’ Council.

I thought it would be timely to see what Mr Mallard had to say this time around and so I popped off an email and received a reply within about 15 minutes. His reply to my questions (and yes I checked if they could be on the record) leaves no room for doubt where he, a former teacher and Labour’s spokesperson on Education, stands on this issue of criminally convicted teachers remaining anonymously in the classroom.

I think that in some cases there is room for suppression. But I think there is a systemic breakdown between Police, the Teachers Council and Trustees/Principals.

I think there should be a system whereby each is obliged to inform the other and the Council keeps what might be described as an interim or grey list. That would mean problems couldn’t shift from school to school.

I wouldn’t rule out a teacher with a criminal conviction teaching but can’t think of a good reason for hiding it from parents.

One way of course of meeting that goal is to remove the automatic secrecy that applies in almost every case The Teachers Council deals with and remove also name suppression from our courts system in the case of the accused. Then there can be no doubt whatsoever as to who is teaching our children. By keeping secrets, name suppression and the Teachers Council create and perpetrate that there is something which must be hidden, so the presumption by parents, rightly, is that the crime must be bad. However the truth is that they aren’t. To my mind it matters not a bit that a teacher got caught with his hand in the till at the rugby club when he was secretary, or Mrs Art Teacher got pinged once for drink driving. It doesn’t affect their role as a teacher. But sex crimes and assault against children. No mercy, name and shame.

The Teacher's Council - Pedobear Seal of Approval

The Teacher's Council - Pedobear Seal of Approval

It is time we removed the keeping of secrets from our courts and from our classrooms. The sooner people accept that one of the consequences of breaking the law is getting named the sooner they will realise that they made a mistake.

Remember next time you hear teachers unions, The Teachers Council, The Principal’s Federation and the Auckland Primary Principals Association banging on against National Standards that they support the hiding of teachers details who are convicted of sex and violence crimes against children and that they want those same teachers to be teaching YOUR children.

I’ll start listening to all of them about national standards when they stop hiding criminals.

The PPTA, NZEI, The Teachers Council, The Principal’s Federation and the Auckland Primary Principals Association have all earned the Pedobear Seal of Approval for devious crim protecting behaviour.