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Teacher Unions attempt to win hearts and minds with a Bus tour

Bus tours can be great and my favourite dangerous faggot Milo, knows how to do one in style.

I suspect however that the teachers’ bus tour will be more hippy commune style than gangster chic.

. hippy bus 93 .

. hippy bus 93 .

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When will we finally be honest enough to declare a Shit Parenting Crisis?

The NZEI is agitating for the government take action on supposed homelessness.

The NZEI is today backing calls for a national strategy to end homelessness amid mounting evidence that thousands of children who lack a warm safe home are also being denied their right to an education.

It is compulsory to attend school…what is the NZEI going to do about truancy?

The Labour, Green and Māori Parties today released their report into solutions to homelessness, following a cross-party inquiry which heard from hundreds of submitters.

“The homelessness crisis affecting thousands of New Zealand children is also an educational crisis,” says Jan Tinetti, Principal of Merivale School in Tauranga and NZEI Executive member.   Read more »

But they were all registered, surely?

I wonder what the NZEI is going to say about their registered teachers and their chosen form of punishment?

What will Chris Hipkins say about these union members and registered teachers?

Children were repeatedly locked in a darkened, cell-like room at a primary school as punishment for bad behaviour.

Education officials launched an investigation at Miramar Central School in Wellington after a behaviour therapist found a 11-year-old disabled boy alone and distraught in the cupboard-sized room, with no way to get out.

The boy, who is autistic with the mental age of a toddler, was one of at least 10 children – mainstream and special needs – put in the “time out” room within the past year, largely without parent knowledge or consent.

While the use of the room was not illegal, it was “outmoded”, the investigation found.

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Teacher unions rear up against Government’s latest bulk funding plan

The members of NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA have delivered a resounding rejection of the Government’s latest funding proposal, with more than 99% voting against it in meetings around the country, and calling for further action.

Teachers and support staff believe the “global funding” proposal is effectively a return to the failed bulk funding experiment of the 1990s and could result in fewer teachers and larger class sizes, to the detriment of children’s education.

Most kindergartens, primary and secondary schools were represented at the meetings.

There were three parts to the vote:

1. That this meeting rejects the Global Budget bulk funding model because it undermines the equity and quality of our education system. 99 percent vote in favour

2. That this meeting call on the government to instruct the ministry to work collaboratively with the sector to develop a funding system that recognises the real costs of delivering an equitable quality education to all learners. 99 percent vote in favour

3. That the unions continue to work together with their communities to campaign for better funding for education. 99 percent vote in favour Read more »

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ACT: Turf out bad teachers by offering early retirement or retraining

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Free Press writes

Teacher Unions’ Odd Position
Teachers will strike this week, forcing parents all over the country to make alternative arrangements.  Their concern?  That principals and boards of trustees will be given more flexibility in how they use their funding.  They believe this will lead to fewer teachers being employed, but why would that be?
How it Plays out in Partnership Schools
ACT’s Partnership Schools have total flexibility in their funding.  They have generally used this flexibility to economise on material things and employ more teachers.  It is not clear why the teacher unions believe state schools would use flexibility to employ fewer teachers, unless… Read more »

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Scumbag teachers union shamelessly uses kids to push their agenda [UPDATED]

The NZEI is agitating again, using children to push their agenda.

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Here we go again, Teacher’s union scaremongering over bulk funding

The teacher’s union are whinging again. Has there ever been a government policy they’ve agreed with?

This time they are scaremongering over bulkfunding…like it is a bad thing.

A government proposal is threatening to revive one of the most bitter disputes the school sector has seen in the past 25 years.

It has suggested giving schools a bulk allocation of funding and leaving it up to principals to decide how much of it to set aside for staffing.

Principals’ and teachers’ groups say that sounds like “bulk funding”, which was ditched in 2000, and they are angry the government has sprung it on them as part of its review of the school and early childhood education funding systems.

Under the proposal, according to an information sheet published by the Ministry of Education, schools could decide how much of their funding to use for what were called staffing credits, and how much to use as a cash component paid in instalments to cover operational costs.

The suggestion differed from past bulk-funding proposals because the ministry would continue to pay teachers’ salaries, it said – the schools would receive notional “credits” for their teachers, not the actual funding for their pay.

It said:

  • Principals would determine the split between ‘cash’ and ‘credit’, with the flexibility to make adjustments during the year.
  • Unspent credit would be paid out at the end of the year and a process for recovering credit overspends would be established.
  • Teaching staff salaries would be charged against the credit portion at an average rate. This was a significant difference from historical bulk-funding proposals, which would have seen schools charged the actual salary.
  • Non-teaching staff salaries would be charged against the credit portion at actual cost.

However, any unused allocation of staffing credits would be paid to schools at the end of the year.

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More teacher union whinging copy/pasted by Media party

Fairfax obviously have no trouble putting untrained and unsupervised “journalists” in charge of publishing near verbatim press releases from the teachers’ union without even pretending they have taken a cursory look at it for pressing “publish”.

Changes to education rules will mean unqualified teachers working unsupervised in primary schools, a union says.

According to NZEI, the primary teachers’ union, a “last-minute” change to the Education Legislation Bill would allow schools to cheaply hire an “unqualified person in an unsupervised teaching role” while they did an initial teacher training programme.

“As a principal, I know that taking trainees straight off the street and putting them in front of a classroom is absolutely inappropriate,” union president Louise Green said.

“Teachers need high-quality, professional training and education to learn the skills of teaching. They need an understanding of child development and the curriculum.”

New Zealand already had an oversupply of certificated and registered primary teachers and just 15 per cent of graduating teachers were getting permanent fulltime jobs, she said.

“The amendments appear to be wholly inconsistent with the Government’s goal of lifting the status of teaching and moving towards teaching as a post-graduate profession.   Read more »

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“World Class” education or the system is failing?

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Have you ever noticed that when the media and the teacher unions are attacking charter schools they always describe New Zealand schools as world-class? Our teachers are the best in the world they tell us, there is no need for charter schools. Our Maori and Pacific students are doing just fine they tell us; they are not falling through the cracks.
When a story is not about charter schools then all of a sudden the cracks are allowed to show. Have you noticed that they always claim that the education system is failing when they are attacking the Government?
To prove my point here are some quotes.

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What does the NZEI collective agreement say about protecting kids?

With kiddy fiddling teachers being all the rage in the media these days, and the absolute failure of schools and the Ministry of Education to address the issue of pedophiles in education, we decided to have a look at the Collective Agreement for Primary School Teachers, as negotiated between NZEI and the Ministry of Education.

Here are some general notes:

1. ‘Serious Misconduct’ is mentioned only in two chapters and less than five lines (the agreement is 97 pages). It is also never defined. The only serious treatment of it is in clause 10.6:

 Nothing in clauses 10.2, 10.3, 10.4 or 10.5 prevents instant dismissal without notice in the case of serious misconduct.

It is standard in almost every private sector contract to include a definition so as to avoid dispute. If this then is standard, who decided it should be left out? Who has what to hide and who benefits?

2. The Collective Agreement blurs the lines on reporting to the Teachers Council (now the Education Council).

Many complaints will be able to be resolved by discussion between the principal and the employee concerned without the need to take the matter any further.  This does not negate any statutory obligation to inform the New Zealand Teachers Council if applicable.  

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