Registered and re-hired, despite violence toward children

Teacher registration should be mandatory for all educational facilities say the teacher unions and labour. They object to voluntary registration for Charter Schools and say that kids will be left unprotected.

Meanwhile registered teachers are lining up before the authorities on all sorts of charges. And one centre even employed a teacher accused of striking children.

So much for registration protecting kids.

Education officials are “extremely concerned” a Porirua early childhood centre has re-employed a teacher accused of striking children.

The centre has again hired one of the teachers at the centre of allegations three years ago.

Katrina Casey, the Ministry of Education’s head of sector enablement and support, said it put the centre on a provisional licence and barred the teacher from having any contact with children.

“We’re extremely concerned that the early childhood education service has chosen to re-employ a teacher who had previous allegations of hitting children still unresolved,” Ms Casey said.    Read more »

A newspaper editorial ticks off the PPTA

A newspaper has an editorial this morning that gently ticks off the PPTA. It clearly wasn’t written by Kirsty Johnson.

The secondary teachers’ union has welcomed one Auckland school’s decision to abandon international examinations and offer only the NCEA. The Post Primary Teachers’ Association would like to ban schools using the International Baccalaureate and the Cambridge exams entirely, believing they undermine our homegrown educational credentials for school leavers.

It is concerned that schools offering the alternatives tend to imply the national qualification as not sufficiently challenging and lacking credibility. But it also blames the Government for using the NCEA to set national achievement targets as a measure of the return on educational investment. The union says the targets encourage “credit farming”, by which it means schools siphon students into courses that offer the most credits, though they might not be the courses the students need most. A paper circulated by the PPTA claims students “seek out courses which are perceived to deliver the most credits for the least effort”.

This is a concern if true. But it seems not to have occurred to the union that its portrayal of “credit farming” in the NCEA also reinforces the very perceptions it resents. The public should be insisting the PPTA’s members – who are professionals, as it often reminds us – do their utmost to encourage students to take courses that let them reach their educational potential.

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PPTA agrees that Charter Schools get better results.

Well knock me down with a feather and call me Martin, the PPTA apparently always knew and acknowledged that smaller class sizes and the ability to choose how to allocate your government funding was always going to get better results.
In a response to my post ‘ How the PPTA should have spun it ‘ a reader called Sensiblecentre who has previously acknowledged that he is on the PPTA executive said…

The PPTA position has always been that the first round of model charter schools would indeed get better results than local state schools.


Given that the PPTA were totally against bulk funding in the past this is a very strange position to take.

Sensiblecentre then goes on to say…

Instead the success of the pilot schools will be used as justification to massively expand the charter system and condemn state schools as failures, ignoring the advantages charters have in funding.


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Face of the day


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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Oh look, the NZEI want more money because Midwives want more money

Tell me this isn’t a union organised full court press against the government, nicely coordinated to inflict damage.

It’s all drama for the sake of weighing the government down.

Now the NZEI wants pay equity as well…after they demanded pay equity with the PPTA first.

The country’s largest education union says it too will take legal action over gender discrimination in the workforce.

The New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) said it would seek legal redress over pay for education support workers, in the wake of a case filed by the College of Midwives at the High Court in Wellington today.

The College has said it had been “left with no choice” but to take the legal action.

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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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