A newspaper slips up – reports Charter School success

The PPTA’s embedded education reporter will be apoplectic about this slipping through.

The school ” badly flooded and facing closure ” fought to stay open as a new charter school and was in the process of reopening when Bush came. When Warren Easton reopened in 2006, nearly every student who attended was considered “homeless” because they lived in trailers sent to hurricane victims by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or slept on couches, school officials said.

Back then, Bush talked about the need for school reforms. His speech was a nod to the city’s efforts to expand charter schools to break up what was widely seen as a failing neighborhood school model. The old public school system was riddled with broken buildings, failing grades and pervasive corruption.   Read more »

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.



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.

-Screenshot PPTA website

PPTA website

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Youth Guarantee is working just fine: it’s keeping kids off the dole

Embedded PPTA sympathiser and journalist Kirsty Johnston has a beat up about the government Youth Guarantee scheme in a newspaper.

It is negative of course, because Kirsty doesn’t do positive.

A review of a government policy aimed at keeping teenagers in education has found while it’s helping students get a high-school qualification, it has had no effect on their progression to higher study.

The Ministry of Education also found that teenagers out of work and education before entering the Youth Guarantee scheme would likely be back in the same situation within two years, and it did not have an effect on them receiving welfare.

Youth Guarantee was introduced in 2010 to ensure more teenagers achieved NCEA Level 2, and progressed into further education, training or employment. It offers either free places at tertiary institutions or the opportunity to undertake some tertiary study while remaining at high school – often in the form of trades academies.

The report found that while the programmes had increased the numbers of students attaining NCEA Level 2, it had not had any effect on increasing the proportion of those who progress to study at Level 4 or above.   Read more »


The PPTA are upset again.

QUESTION: What do Taumarunui HighTamaki College and New Zealand Charter Schools have in common?

ANSWER: The PPTA is unhappy with how their Boards of Trustees are choosing to run them. Actually that is the case for the first two. When it comes to New Zealand Charter Schools the PPTA are just unhappy, full stop.

At Taumarunui High, Education Minister Hekia Parata said,

“there has been a significant increase in the achievement generally at Taumarunui High in the last five years, and in particular Māori  students’ achievement has gone up at a very significant rate. SO I think there’s a lot to congratulate Taumarunui High school about in terms of making sure that Māori  students are getting qualifications that they can leave school with.”

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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 »

Another registered kiddy fiddler

The teaching profession is really giving the Catholic Church a run for its money in the kiddy fiddling stakes.

Yet another presumably registered teacher, or in this case a teacher aide, is before the courts. So much for registration protecting children.

A teacher aide at a Nelson school created a fake Facebook account under a female name to sexually groom a learning-impaired 14-year-old student, whom he kissed and wrote love letters to.

The man, who has interim name suppression, pleaded guilty in the Nelson District Court on Monday to a charge of meeting a young person after sexual grooming.

A police investigation found that the 33-year-old used Facebook and “love letters” to groom the young girl, who has an intellectual age of 10. He kissed her, held her hand and shared a bed in a motel with her.

He was remanded on bail to appear for sentencing on September 15.

The man started at an unnamed Nelson school as a teacher aide at the start of the year.

He was the primary aide for another student but met his victim, a 14-year-old girl, in the classroom.

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People don’t live the way the opposition expects, so they need persecuting

Labour and the Greens have launched an attack on Gloriavale for their schooling practices.

People aren’t living the way they expect them to live, so they need persecuting.

Politicians will demand answers from education bosses over what secretive Gloriavale school is teaching girls – besides how to expertly wash men’s clothes.

The Education Review Office will be hauled before the Education and Science Select Committee this month to explain why the extreme fundamentalist school is allowed to stop education early and steer all pupils towards life in the community on the South Island’s West Coast.

Green MP Catherine Delahunty, who has requested the briefing, and Labour MP Chris Hipkins, hope it will be the forerunner to a Parliamentary probe into the isolated sect’s school.

Delahunty is concerned that the school’s narrow curriculum, believed to be based on an American fundamentalist Christian course, prevents pupils, especially girls, from going on to tertiary study.

She understood the highest level of secondary learning was NCEA level 1, and there was a strict divide of subjects girls and boys could study to steer them for working inside the compound.

She is questioning how the ERO, which recently gave Gloriavale a pass mark, could rubber-stamp a school that appeared to be in breach of human rights legislation.

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Teacher’s union dropped opposition to paying their members more

It is truly bizarre that we had a situation where a teachers union was opposing a government proposal to pay their member more.

The NZEI though, has now swallowed the dead rat, and decided to not oppose it after making some trifling changes to the proposals.

A teachers union is dropping its opposition to the Government’s $155 million a year plan to pay teachers more to improve schools after negotiating changes to the scheme.

The deal agreed with the Education Ministry opens the way for more schools to join a revised version of the programme known as Investing in Educational Success.

The Educational Institute (NZEI) said the changes include allowing early childhood services to join the scheme, which was originally just for schools.    Read more »

PPTA now wants trades training banned in schools

There is a story in a Sunday newspaper that illustrates what dreadful backwards thinking people the unionised teachers are.

Children are being discouraged, or even banned, from attending trades courses because the taxpayer funding for that child will go to the trades academy, rather than to the school.

Teachers’ unions always insist they are professional bodies serving the interests of education, not just their members.

How disappointing, therefore, to discover the Post Primary Teachers’ Association’s secondary principals’ council has suggested schools limit the number of pupils admitted to their new “trades academies” so as not to put staffing positions at risk.

Trades academies — technical courses, as they were — have been reintroduced to schools for 15- and 16-year-old students who do not want to take academic subjects much further and can get NCEA credits in subjects of more use to their employment prospects.

The courses are funded from an account for all industry training providers and the funding of schools is reduced accordingly.

The PPTA principals have warned schools that “depending on how many you enrol (in trades academies), the changes would also be likely to reduce the number of salary units, middle management and possibly the number of senior management allowances the school would receive”.

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