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Rodney Hide hits Teacher Unions hard

Over at the NBR Rodney Hide is hitting the teacher unions hard. He is not playing nicely as the gloves are clearly off. It is great to see that the same fantastic results I wrote about here are now appearing in the mainstream media. Alwyn Poole and his loyal staff at South Auckland Middle School deserve all the praise Rodney has given and more.

The teacher unions oppose the charter schools with every fibre of their being.  Their opposition is well-founded: The charter schools highlight the failure of the unions.


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Decile one charter school compared with decile one state school in the same area

...South Auckland Middle School asked for a review of its decile rating last year and in June the Ministry of Education decided it was a decile 1C school, meaning it had a high concentration of children from the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

…”Having a look at the other schools in the locality we realised that they were all decile 1 or at most decile 2, so we asked for a decile review… because there is some incremental funding if you are at a lower decile.”

Mr Poole recently compared his school’s results for 2015 to those of two other decile 1 schools, which had much lower national standards pass rates…

Across Year 7 & 8 these are the combined National Standards figures for SAMS at the end of 2015

SAMS (decile 1 – 93% Maori or Pasifika)

Reading: 71.6% of students At or Above National Standard

Writing: 73.4% of students At or Above National Standard

Maths: 70% of students At or Above National Standard

Compare and contrast: Manurewa Intermediate is the same decile level and is located in the same area. 

Manurewa Intermediate (decile 1)
Reading 34% of students At or Above National Standard

Writing  37% of students At of Above National Standard

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Face of the day

Jack Ralston (Supplied)

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Charter school, Middle School West Auckland has opened a new wing named Jack Ralston House.

PHOTO-Middle School West Auckland facebook page

PHOTO-Middle School west Auckland facebook page

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PPTA intimidates state school into breaking its cooperation with a charter school

The disgusting bullying tactics of the PPTA have been laid bare as they continue their ideological war on Charter schools.

Act Party leader David Seymour is accusing a teachers’ union of bullying a state school which offered to share resources with a charter school.

Letters released by Mr Seymour show that the Post-Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) urged Kamo High School in Northland not to offer support to charter school Te Kura Hourua o Whangarei Terenga Paraoa.

The Decile 5 school had agreed to give the charter school access to its chemistry laboratory.

In a letter sent on May 10, PPTA president Angela Roberts warned the school’s principal Joanne Hutt that sharing facilities could go against health and safety laws and would upset teachers who had voted not to support charter schools.

“At the least this will lead to resentment and ill-feeling, and would be an unfortunate situation where there is no plausible benefit to the students or staff of Kamo High School,” she said.   Read more »

NZPF president on Charter schools – “parents have quite enough choice already”

The principal of Manurewa Intermediate is Iain Taylor. He is also the president of the Principals union, the NZ Principals Federation.

Bryan Bruce thought this guy rocked and his school should be the model for all NZ schools.

But his latest missive to the union members reveals a great deal about him.

This last week has been a ‘media frenzy’ with the main issue being the pre-Budget announcement that the Government is going to fund seven more charter schools.   We released a media statement to say that charter schools are not wanted, parents have quite enough choice already and the money should be spent on making every public school a great school.   No substantial evaluation of existing charter schools has been done to give any confidence that New Zealanders can benefit from having more of them.

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Save $700 per year per child – send them to a Charter School

The hypocrisy of the Left has no limits.

They complain about the cost of education – uniform, stationery, donations, trips.

They complain that Charter schools could aim to make a profit (despite them all being “not for profit’).

Then when some provide all of those things for no extra cost they then accuse them of bribery.

The person making the “bribery” call is Iain Taylor – the Principal of Manurewa Intermediate who is bitter as families are flooding into South Auckland Middle School which is just down the road from his school.   Read more »

ERO can’t fault three new Charter schools. What will Chris Hipkins spin this as?

Chris Hipkins is going to find this hard to spin his way.

Three new Charter schools got a good grade from the Education Review Office.

Radio NZ’s John Gerritson obviously didn’t get the union memo.

Three new charter schools have made a good start, according to the Education Review Office.

The reports covered two of the publicly-funded private schools in Auckland, Te Kura Māori o Waatea and Pacific Advance Senior School, and one in Whangarei, Te Kāpehu Whetū -Teina.

The reviews were generally positive, but identified problems such as the need to increase enrolments or develop curriculums.

The report for Pacific Advance Senior School said it had 105 students in Years 11 and 12 at the start of this year and the school had done a good job of engaging them in their learning.

It said many students started at the school well below achievement expectations for their age level and to get students confident and able to complete Level 1 NCEA qualification was a significant success for the school.

It said 36 students were awarded Level 1 NCEA, which was 57 percent of the student body.   Read more »

Two questions for Chris Hipkins

It's a crisis I tell you!

It’s a crisis I tell you!

Following on from Chris Hipkins declaring a crisis in education, I have two questions for him to answer.

  1. Isn’t the real “crisis” in education that PPTA-staffed schools ensure that only 14% of Maori school leavers (20% of Pasifika) have University Entrance?
  2. Charter schools use their funding to provide uniforms and stationery and do not ask for donations. States schools have that choice and don’t do it. Will Labour require them to?

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And yet Charter schools do it on decile 3 funding

As a perfect example of how out of touch unions and the opposition are on education witness this:

School fees and donations are rising at almost 10 times the rate of inflation, new figures reveal.

The latest figures from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) show a rise of 3.7 per cent in what schools are asking parents to pay – more than nine times the overall inflation rate of 0.4 per cent.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) tracks changes in primary and secondary school fees and donations each year.

Labour’s education spokesperson Chris Hipkins said education costs have really “started to bite” in the last year and a half.

“We know that parents are being asked more and more to put their hands in their pockets to help fund the costs of their kids’ education,” he said.

“We’re seeing a transfer of costs from schools onto parents.”

Hipkins said more money should be put into education. Funding shortages had “moved far beyond the days of sausage sizzles and cake stalls”.

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The PPTA brings up an old chestnut so I give it a roast

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Tom Haig, on the PPTA blog, has brought up an old chestnut. The PPTA are fond of bringing up the same old chestnuts against charter schools. It is almost as if they have an approved list.

PPTA-approved charter school attack chestnuts:


  1. Students at risk because of non-registered teachers
  2. Charter schools get more money than State schools
  3. Charter schools steal students from other schools
  4. If you want to help the students who are falling through the cracks give more money to State schools
  5. It is privatisation by stealth
  6. They have higher expulsion rates than State schools.

Chestnuts one to four I have already covered in detail in previous posts. Today I have responded to number six by discussing one of the Charter schools they attacked: Vanguard Military School.

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