Charter Schools

How the PPTA should have spun it *UPDATED

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Living with a Master of the so called ‘ Dark Arts ‘ or ‘Spin Doctor,’ I have learned a lot about how to frame a situation. This skill is in great demand in advertising and in politics because it is the difference between a product or situation looking positive or negative. In its dishonest form it is called Propaganda because the spin contains lies, cherry picked statistics and omissions of pertinent facts. At its best it simply highlights the truthful positives of the product or situation.

The PPTA in their stance on Charter schools have gone for a very negative and adversarial approach. They have deliberately used statistics that don’t compare apples with apples when talking about funding of Charter Schools for example.They have told all sorts of lies, spun all sorts of stories and tried to destroy the people involved in the new schools. However the worm is starting to turn and the public are starting to see through the negative spin. Labour Party MPs are even defying Andrew Little on the issue by giving their personal support to Maori Education regardless of who provides it.

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Why Lefties should learn to love Charter Schools

LAWRENCE SMITH/Fairfax NZ OUT OF THE DARKNESS: Tamati Falwasser, with classmate Austin Graham, at the South Auckland Middle School

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 Tamati Falwasser, with classmate Austin Graham, at the South Auckland Middle School

Lefties should learn to love Charter schools for the same reasons Liberals in America should because…

  • President Obama is a strong supporter of charter schools, and many prominent progressives are now associated with Democrats for Education Reform, a left-leaning group that supports charters.
  • Our Lefties like the Liberals have been fed cherry-picked statistics which misrepresent the significant advances taking place.
  • Charter Schools are public/state schools despite propaganda from unions and their supporters suggesting otherwise.
  • Charter Schools that are run by experienced and widely-respected charter operators—not only beat traditional public schools serving students in the same demographic, they often outperform them by 20, 30, or even 50 points on many metrics.( The three Auckland Charters I visited for my series on Charter schools are all run by operators with many, many years of experience in education as well as a strong track record of success. )
  • The biggest beneficiaries have been African-American children.( The high school graduation rate nationally for black students is 59 percent. In New Orleans, it’s 65 percent, which is also much higher than the state average.)

 

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Face of the day

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Kelvin Davis, Associate Education Spokesperson for the Labour Party

Today’s face of the day is Kelvin Davis for choosing Whanau over Politics.

The next time you hear Labour hate on charter schools, don’t believe them.

Because the truth is a wedge of Labour actually thinks charter schools are all good. And this group is led by none other than its associate education spokesman Kelvin Davis.

The attendance of Davis and fellow MP Peeni Henare at a fundraiser for a Whangarei charter school is about much more than them defying the orders of Andrew Little.

It shows a major policy divide within Labour.

One side, led by education spokesman Chris Hipkins and the teacher unions have a pathological hatred for the privately run schools.

The other side, led by Davis, see that the schools can work particularly in Maori education.

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Typical PPTA response to competition

We all know how the Education unions have responded to Charter Schools, a blanket rejection no matter what. They have gone out of their way to damage and ultimately close down Charter Schools New Zealand-wide. There is no room in their world view for competition or a different way of doing things. There is only one way of doing things and heaven help anyone who wants to do something outside the box.

This attitude of  “it is our way or the highway” is continuing but their target this time is new. Before I show you the article let me first give you a business analogy.

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Business (A) has a monopoly on an average product that is purchased New Zealand-wide. In order to continue to sell this average product the business has to meet certain targets.

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This is not about Destiny Church, it is about a relentless Union campaign

The PPTA and the NZEI are part of a relentless and ongoing campaign to attack, destabilise and destroy Charter Schools and they do not care who they hurt on the way through. Look at this image from the PPTA website. It is clear that their opposition to Charter Schools is unrelated to which organisation runs the school, whether or not teachers are registered and whether or not their students are excelling and they have waiting lists full of eager families.

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PPTA website

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Face of the day

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Today’s face of the day, Green MP Catherine Delahunty, has her knickers in a knot over female students being taught the life skill of how to clean dirty laundry at Gloriavale. The Green Party has a long tradition of claiming to be both clean and green so it is not surprising that Catherine herself is a whiz at cleaning dirty things or at least agitating for them to be cleaned up. For the first time ever, secret Whaleoil cameras go deep inside the Green Party to reveal that even the Green Party teach useful life skills.

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Act on the PPTA and Charter Schools and union blacklists

The ACT party ‘Free Press’ newsletter came out yesterday and provided this commentary on the PPTA and their attitude towards charter schools.

Seriously Unethical Behaviour

The Post Primary Teachers’ Association are plumbing new depths.  First they blacklisted a trainee teacher who worked at a Partnership School from doing training placements at schools where their members teach. The PPTA knows very well that training placements are essential to teacher registration, and their biggest criticism of Partnership Schools is that they can employ non-registered teachers. (As a side note, this condition only applies if the Partnership School provides suitable justification for doing so, e.g. no registered teachers have the skills they seek).

The Teacher Come Forward

The teacher was initially unwilling to speak publicly.  His story is worth reading: ‘Mr Kahukiwa started teaching te reo Maori and music at Te Kura Hourua O Whangarei Terenga Paraoa in Whangarei at the start of the year. He sought out the school after meeting some of its students at the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Cassino in Italy last May, where he was with the Royal New Zealand Navy. “All of us in the military, when we met those kids, we knew there was something special going on,” he said. “I just thought, oh well, whatever a charter school is it works for these kids, I want to be part of it.”  Read more »

Union thuggery exposed in all its ugliness

We have written a lot about the boycott of a trainee teacher by the PPTA, an act of union thuggery they appear to be be getting away with.

In the Northern Advocate the victim of this union thuggery speaks out.

When Chief Petty Officer Kelly Kahukiwa left the navy to teach in Northland he did not know what a charter school was.

Now, because he had a job at a Whangarei charter school, the student teacher is caught between a teachers’ union and a controversial government policy that has left him blacklisted from training at state schools. It comes after the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) said its members will not work with employees of charter schools.

Mr Kahukiwa started teaching te reo Maori and music at Te Kura Hourua O Whangarei Terenga Paraoa in Whangarei at the start of the year. He sought out the school after meeting some of its students at the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Cassino in Italy last May, where he was with the Royal New Zealand Navy.

“All of us in the military, when we met those kids, we knew there was something special going on,” he said.

“I just thought, oh well, whatever a charter school is it works for these kids, I want to be part of it.”

Mr Kahukiwa said the first he knew of any issues was three days into his next placement, at Tikipunga High School in May. Once the school found out he was from a charter school, the board asked him not to return.

“I was just astounded,” he said. “I had no idea why or what was going on. I’m just one teacher trying to do what [the PPTA members] all joined for, which is educate kids, uplift the kids and share my skills.”

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Hekia Parata is thinking of the kids. Hipkins just about the headlines

Students at a troubled Northland charter school face a bleak future if the school is allowed to close, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

Te Pumanawa o te Wairua School was given a second chance yesterday after Ms Parata decided to keep it open for the rest of the year.

The decision came despite the findings of an audit report that the Whangaruru school was failing to meet several performance requirements.

Ms Parata said it was in the best interests of the school’s 39 vulnerable students to keep it open.

The move has been criticised by Labour’s education spokesman Chris Hipkins, who said it “defied belief” that the school had been kept open after a “catalogue of failure”.

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Which organisation published this anti-Charter school cartoon in their newsletter?

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The first time I spotted this cartoon it was in Metro Magazine or the Listener I don’t remember which.

Guess who used it in their newsletter recently?

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