Partnership Schools

Face of the day


Today’s face of the day Michelle Schneideman, has recently been announced as Head Girl for Epsom Girls’ Grammar for 2016.

Michelle is a former pupil of Mt Hobson Middle School, which is the educational model on which Charter schools, South Auckland Middle School and West Auckland  Middle School are based.

I wish her all the very best for her future and am glad that students in West and South Auckland will now have the opportunity to get the kind of middle school education she gained at Mt Hobson.

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Applications for new Charter Schools Mainly from Maori and Pasifika

Vanguard Military School students doing PT PHOTO-Facebook

Vanguard Military School students doing PT

Four of the original five Charter Schools have been successful and this success has resulted in a significant level of interest from mainly Maori And Pasifika community groups. While Education unions opposed to Charter Schools continue to focus on Te Pumanawa o te Wairua, in Northland that now has reduced funding for 40 students because of ongoing problems, the four successful schools have shown what can be achieved.

The board that vets applications for new charter schools says it is not surprised at seeing so many applications.

…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.”

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The hits on education keep coming

Trevor Mallard

Trevor Mallard

There seems to be a rash of negative education stories at the moment.

Firstly there is the upset over un qualified Grandmothers providing pre school care for 3-4 year olds with Trevor Mallard saying…

“I’m not saying that grandparents can’t look after grandchildren but they’re not professionals or trained and don’t think it’s the role of the state to be paying people who don’t have the training.”

Ironically the situation Trevor is criticising was created by the Labour government.

The Labour government brought in 20-hours free ECE for three and four-year-olds in its final term.

-Kirsty Johnston A Newspaper

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He says brochure for a cruise ship holiday like it’s a bad thing

Tom Haig in his article on the PPTA Blog writes disparagingly about a recent report’s findings on Charter Schools. As he highlights each positive statement from the report I can almost hear the scorn dripping off his fingers as he types.

“It’s a private commercial organisation” , a very profitable one too ”

Guess what? Charter school students love their small class sizes and feel like teachers really have time to work with them as individuals.

That’s the stunning new finding from the just released round one evaluation.

This report feels a bit like a brochure for a cruise ship holiday. Yep, cruise ship customers love it. But let’s not talk about the impact on the islands where the ships stop, discharge tourists and waste, and move right along.

confused child

confused child

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Iwi leaders embrace Charter Schools

Kura hourua ( Charter Schools ) allow communities to be part of their children’s education in a culture of high expectations. -The Herald

Iwi Leaders have agreed to actively support the establishment of partnership schools. Influenced by the success of Charter schools in New Zealand and the success of Charter schools in New Orleans, New York City, and Chicago they have unanimously decided that Charter Schools ( kura hourua ) be expanded and that more Maori communities be encouraged to become involved with them. They will be advocating to Government to expand the Act Party initiated scheme and will be publicly stressing…

…the importance of high-quality teaching, high educational achievement and strong supportive partnerships with iwi, communities and other organisations.

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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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How the PPTA should have spun it *UPDATED

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

 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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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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The PPTA need to have a stern word to Fairfax *UPDATED

Lauren LeDuff works with a student in her 10th-grade English class at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans. Read more at

Lauren LeDuff works with a student in her 10th-grade English class at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans.

Oh dear. The PPTA need to have a stern word to Fairfax. While they have a PPTA friendly Education reporter on tap in Kirsty Johnston who works for a Newspaper, Fairfax has let them down by failing to filter Pro-Charter School stories coming through automatically from overseas news organisations.

While it is a simple matter to send some PPTA press releases or articles straight through to Kirsty in order to frame the narrative the way they want it framed, Fairfax is undermining all their propaganda by allowing these kind of stories through.

Remember how the Education Unions all scream that Charter Schools are a failed model from overseas that they don’t want here? Well here is some inconvenient truth.

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