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Teachers’ Union accused of racism

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The Ministry of Education are disappointed

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After reading about this story I contacted the Ministry of Education by e-mail and asked them the following questions.

  • Can you please tell us what action if any is going to be taken to address the discriminatory behaviour of the PPTA and the school towards the Student teacher?
  • What has the Ministry said to the  PPTA and the school that withdrew the student teacher’s placement?
  • What consequences if any will there be for the PPTA and the school after denying the Student teacher equal access and opportunity to a State School for placement?
  • What further action if any will the Ministry be taking in order to protect the Student teacher’s human right to equal access to training regardless of his sex, race, age, religion or place of employment?
  • Does the Ministry believe that the PPTA have broken the law and that they have a case to answer with the Human Rights commission?
  • Does the Ministry believe that  Tikipunga High School has broken the law and that they have a case to answer to the Human rights commission?
  • The Ministry has acknowledged that the PPTA has no responsibility or authority to influence these decisions. Are there any rules that the PPTA has broken that you can bring to our attention? Is there a piece of legislation that you can provide us with that states whose responsibility and authority it is to influence this kind of decision?

I also said…

I realise that some of my questions are very similar. I do not expect them all to be answered. Please answer the ones that you think are most pertinent and that you can answer most comprehensively.

I received a response today from Dr Graham Stoop, Deputy Secretary of Student Achievement:

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US voters got to cast ballots on more than just politicians in this week’s Presidential Elections.

Flying below the NZ media’s radar in the election were a couple of  Propositions put to citizens of California, on subjects of more than passing interest to readers of this blog.

The mix of ingredients included :

  •  A Teachers’ Union up to its armpits in political influence buying
  •  Attempts to stop Union leaders siphoning their members’ money into left-wing politics
  •  A budget-blowing politician named Brown (who also has a $69 billion dollar train scheme)

Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, a very big spending namesake of Auckland’s own Spendin’ Len Brown, has dug California into a deep financial hole with “miscalculated” budget numbers and schemes like his $69 billion fast rail plan.


Rather than save his way out, he proposed an increase in taxes of over $6 billion dollars, through an increase in sales tax that would hit everybody, plus that perennial favourite, a special income tax on the rich.

Jerry sponsored Proposition 30.

It passed, and guess who donated most of the $40 million spent in a campaign to get it over the line – that’s right, the California Teachers’ Union and their mates in other public sector unions.

But the Teachers’ Union spent really big dollars to defeat Proposition 32.

The Paycheck Protection Initiative would have banned unions from using members’ subs to donate to political parties and politicians and stopped the compulsory employer deductions of union subs from a worker’s pay packet.

Thanks in part to the $22 million that the Teachers’ Union donated to a $68 million campaign, Proposition 32 was defeated. 

Politics and unions continue on their happy way in sunny California.