Bill Courtney

Good things already from NZ Charter Schools

Even apparent Charter School opponents have had to acknowledge some good progress and potential on this front already. From the Save our Schools team: http://saveourschoolsnz.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/hoping-for-some-honest-answers-on-charter-schools/

At the Quality Public Education Coalition forum, chairman Bill Courtney caused heads to swivel when he greeted Alwyn Poole in the audience before giving an update on charter schools. Poole is the principal of Mt Hobson Middle School. He’s also a member of the Villa Education Trust, whose South Auckland Middle School is one of the first in the charter schools pilot.

Courtney’s talk used South Auckland Middle School’s figures to explain how funding has been allocated. He also made the point that the charter school model has been hijacked by the privatisation movement. One of the first proponents of the idea, Albert Shanker, saw it as a way to allow teachers greater autonomy, to engage the students who weren’t being served by normal schools

This sounds like what Poole’s schools have been able to do: Poole said he works with children with needs like dyslexia or Asperger’s, or kids who need a “boost” at middle school level. He was asked why couldn’t he achieve it within the system as a special character school. In 2002, that option was “blocked”. They were looking for “ways of expanding what we do”, so applied for the partnership school option.   Read more »

Know your enemy on Red Radio

Our dear friends at Radio NZ had a very interesting story this morning:

“An open letter, signed by 65 people including prominent Maori, Pasifika and education academics” urges MPs to vote against Charter Schools.

Very interesting. Now let’s delve a little deeper.

“The letter was organised by the lobby group, Quality Public Education Coalition, and its members, the Post Primary Teachers Association and the Educational Institute.”

By Educational Institute they mean NZEI, but the big words hide the fact it is a union.  Read more »

Know your Union Scum

One of the tactics over the last few days by the NZEI has been to tell members to flood the comment sections of any online class size articles.

Many of them pretend to be “normal” people and don’t own up to their twisted backgrounds.

One of the ringleaders over at the NZEI Facebook page is a certain Dempsey Woodley. He likes to be the voice of reason – but is in fact an NZEI staffer and former Radio NZ producer.

There’s also an old friend of the Whale Army – a certain Allan Alach. This disgraced former principal used to spend all day slagging off the government while happily pocketing the taxpayer dollar. Before I exposed him.

Let’s not forget the odious Marlene Campbell and full-time and fully-paid NZEI, Greenpeace and against everything activist Stephanie Mills, who is used to posing as a parent to mislead readers.

And there’s the looney Bill Courtney, or “concerned parent” as NZEI always likes to describe him.

These people, and their sheep-like friends, have been popping up everywhere unchallenged over the last couple of weeks.

Watch out for them, and give them your regards, in future education battles.