Charter Schools do better with the kids the policy is aimed at

In New Zealand the Charter School policy is aimed at helping the long tail which is predominantly made up of Maori and Pasifika students – more typically in lower socioeconomic situations.

The NY Times has this kind of thing to say about the effects of Charter Schools for this type of group:

Charter schools are controversial. But are they good for education? Rigorous research suggests that the answer is yes for an important, underserved group: low-income, nonwhite students in urban areas. These children tend to do better if enrolled in charter schools instead of traditional public schools.

A consistent pattern has emerged from this research. In urban areas, where students are overwhelmingly low-achieving, poor and nonwhite, charter schools tend to do better than other public schools in improving student achievement.

Charter schools in Boston produced huge gains in test scores. A majority of students at Boston’s charters are African-American and poor. Their score gains are large enough to reduce the black-white score gap in Boston’s middle schools by two-thirds. Boston’s charters also do a better job at preparing students for college.

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Maori and Pasifika embrace Charter schools, the unions must be having kittens

Maori and Pasifika are embracing charter schools with 18 of the 25 applicants for new charter schools coming from those communities.

Clearly there is massive dissatisfaction with current education models.

The authorisation board said 25 organisations had applied to set up more of the publicly funded private schools to open in 2017.

It said much of the interest was from educators and community groups representing Māori and Pasifika people, and most of the applications were from the North Island.

The board’s chair, Catherine Isaac, said the level of interest reflected confidence in the charter school system and showed it worked well.

“We do see it as a vote of confidence in a policy that is connecting innovators with disadvantaged students whose needs are not being met by the existing state school system.”

Ms Isaac said the board would evaluate the proposals over the next two months and announce its decisions by next year.

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So if you’re a man, and not paid as much as other men, then… eff you?

The NZEI teachers union is making a push for pay equity.

NZEI is welcoming the government’s decision to begin negotiations over equal pay for women.

The government is to set up a Joint Working Group with unions, including NZEI, and employers to develop agreed principles to guide lifting the pay for women working in education support, aged care and other female dominated occupations.

“We believe this is a significant step forward in ensuring that thousands of women will finally get paid fairly,” says NZEI National President Louise Green.

Last week NZEI lodged a claim with the Employment Relations Authority on behalf of three education support workers. They earn an estimated $8 an hour less than a comparable male-dominated job.

“We look forward to working with the government to help put an end to discrimination against women who are underpaid simply because they are in workforces that are primarily female.”   Read more »

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.

Its statement of claim argues that pay levels for midwives breach gender rules under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.   Read more »

Too funny – where are all the protests from the Education Unions?

The news article about the new scheme from Teach First NZ  to put untrained teachers inside State schools made me chuckle because one of the spurious attacks on Charter schools from the Education unions is that Charter schools are allowed to use non registered teachers. Vanguard Military school for example uses actual ex military men/women to teach Physical Training military style.When it comes to academic subjects however they must use registered teachers so it really is a smear by the unions to try to infer that Charter school students are missing out on a good education.

Untrained and un registered teachers are now being allowed to do on the job training inside Union controlled State schools yet I am not hearing any deafening howls of protest from the education unions.

I think that it is a great idea and clearly low-decile schools in particular are benefiting from having better teacher student ratios. One of the best things about Charter schools is the low student to teacher ratios. We all know that the smaller the number of students per teacher the more help and attention each student will receive. Who wouldn’t want that for their child?

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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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PPTA stuck record singing bullcrap all the way [UPDATED]

With the success that Charter Schools are having with the children that the PPTA and NZEI were failing with – it is understandable that the unions want to avoid further embarrassment.

So when the government do the sensible thing and start planning a few more Charters the PPTA/NZEI go into desperate patch protection and deception mode.

Frankly they have run out of ideas and are floored by the success of the schools – so what is left to say? Back to the old “they are over-funded” violin.

For example, from Angela Roberts of the PPTA;

“But the Post Primary Teachers Association said encouraging results were only because charter schools were better resourced and able to have smaller classes, but that cost is borne by students in public schools.”

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The Union’s Governance Rort

The left are always going on about the 1% and the cost of executives and directors.

One would assume that they would be tough on their own executives and directors, not paying them vast amounts of money for governance.

Most Unions hide their governance costs in their accounts but four do not.

Income Governance % of Income spent on Governance
Dairy Workers Union $2,783,802 $138,936 4.99%
EPMU $11,144,321 $45,567 0.41%
NZEI $18,639,229 $959,511 5.15%
TEU $4,511,353 $384,044 8.51%

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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 »

The only charter school to fail was, of course, run by and for Maori

The only charter school to fail was, of course, run by and for Maori.

Isn’t it time we face the uncomfortable truth that we can’t let failed and failing Maori be in charge of lifting failing Maori?

An announcement on whether one of the Government’s flagship charter schools will close will be made tomorrow.

Minister of Education Hekia Parata will address media in Auckland and end months of uncertainty for the school and its students.

The kura, recently renamed Te Pumanawa o te Wairua, was one of five charter or partnership schools to open at the start of last year.

Located on a farm 65km in Whangaruru, northwest of Whangarei, the kura caters for Years 9-13 students who typically have been on the margins of the education system.   Read more »