Teachers

Union considers life-long ban on teachers who have worked in a Charter School

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On the PPTA Blog I asked the following questions:

Given the PPTA’s stance on how to treat a student teacher if he is employed by a Charter school what does this mean for all the teachers currently employed by Charter schools?

Do the PPTA intend to blacklist from employment in State schools every single teacher who has previously worked in a Charter school?

Will they pressure State High School Principals and BOTs to not interview or employ teachers who have previously worked in a Charter school or will they be welcomed back to the PPTA-approved fold?

Remember that the majority of teachers currently working in Charter schools have previously worked in State schools and have paid union fees in the past.

I received the below response.

PPTA members will decide on the basis of this conference paper.

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Sex offender teacher walks free, and she was registered

A registered teacher has finally lost her registration after shagging several students at her school.

A teacher who seduced two of her pupils – including ‘sexting’ them and pulling one boy out of classes so they could have sex – has lost her teacher’s license, but will not face criminal charges over the inappropriate relationships.

Melanie Hendriks initiated sexual relationships with the St John’s College pupils when she was a drama teacher at the Hamilton school.

During that time she engaged in sexual acts on school premises with one of the boys, known as Student A, and excused him from classes, study periods and assemblies so they could have sex, a Teacher’s Council disciplinary decision said.

Seduced? They were 17 years old and she gave them the glad eye and flipped it up…hardly any seduction involved.

Ms Hendriks also sent the student text messages – the contents of which are too graphic to print – and sexy and provocative photographs. The photographs were taken on school premises and during school hours, and were sent to Student A during school hours, the Teacher’s Council report says.    Read more »

Finally. Teachers doing something useful

A mother duck and her brood got a brief tour of a Montana middle school as teachers and students herded them from their courtyard nest to a nearby creek. Read more »

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Another registered teacher before the courts

If you listen to Chris Hipkins having teachers registered is to protect the kids. They oppose charter schools because there is no requirement to have every teacher registered.

Yet almost daily we hear of registered teachers before the courts…they have replaced the Catholic Church as the haven for kiddy fiddlers and sex pests.

A male teacher has denied sending photos of his penis to a 16-year-old student, but admitted sending inappropriate messages, including: “U shw me first”.

The Lower Hutt teacher – who has interim name suppression – was accused of sending the girl photographs of himself and explicit images of his genitals during an inappropriate Facebook exchange.

The teacher was asked to tutor the teenage girl in 2013, an arrangement that continued until the end of school year.    Read more »

Oh dear Lord, when will this end?

Sex pest Damian Christopher Gillard. Photo / Greg Bowker

Sex pest Damian Christopher Gillard. Photo / Greg Bowker

Hardly a week goes by without some news about a teacher having trouble with sexual boundaries when it comes to students.  Jared Savage reports

An Auckland school failed to act on concerns raised by two teenage students who felt unsafe around their teacher – six years before he was arrested for sexually grooming one of them and other underage girls.

The lack of records on the employment file of Damian Christopher Gillard at Papatoetoe High School also meant the 2006 complaints were missed by a 2009 police inquiry over similar allegations of which he was later acquitted.

Gillard, the head of the languages department, was eventually convicted of making sexual advances to one of the pupils who complained – and six other young girls – after a second police investigation in 2012.

He was sentenced in May to 9 years in prison for a raft of sexual crimes, dating back to 1994 when he was a teacher at Greenmeadows Intermediate in Manurewa.

He was found guilty of indecent acts against seven students, all younger than 16, such as kissing or touching their legs and breasts under the pretext of searching them for cigarettes.

The offending escalated to sex with a 14-year-old girl.

So that’s one thing.  The other problem is that when these concerns are raised, “the system” becomes a huge obstacle.  Granted, we don’t want to get the torches and pitch forks out straight away, but there is enough evidence now that concerns about teachers aren’t progressed through the system in a way that responsibly protects existing and future victims.   Read more »

Parents not the Village Idiots Labour/Unions think they are

Labour and the teacher unions spend their whole time treating the parents of school age children like they have IQs lower than a jam sandwich.

Examples are ignoring the benefits of National Standards (they are going to ban them of course), telling families in challenges areas that they don’t want Charter Schools (they are going to ban them of course), telling parents they will save $100 on donations – while charging them $3.50 a week for a “device”, etc.

Parents have clearly also seen through the – slap a few more teachers in the classroom (wherever they come from) and she’ll be right approach too.

New Zealanders would rather money was spent on improving teaching standards than on reducing class sizes, a Herald-DigiPoll survey reveals.

Education has become a political battleground before September’s election, with both major parties promising to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on it.

Asked about their priorities, more than 60 per cent of those polled said they would spend money on trying to improve teaching standards rather than cutting class sizes.  Read more »

He was registered when he pestered girls with lewd texts

The Labour party opposes charter schools on the basis that not all teachers are required to be registered. They says that registration is designed to protect the kids.

Yet almost every day there is a registered teacher before the courts for despicable behaviour towards children.

The teaching profession is becoming worse than the catholic church for harbouring pedophiles.

Former teacher Bart de Jong, who sent a series of texts to a 10-year-old girl pupil, some calling her “hottie”, “cutie” and “girlfriend”, has had his registration cancelled for serious misconduct.

Police had charged him with sexual grooming. He was found not guilty when he appeared in the Whakatane District Court in September 2012.

In the sentencing notes, Judge Louis Bidois said that was “not because you have proved your innocence, but because the legislation was not well drafted”.

A Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal decision published today said de Jong had maintained “from the beginning” his actions were wrong.

“I have taken responsibility for my actions and have paid a hard price for what I did,” he said.

He did not intend to teach again, volunteered to give up his teaching registration, had moved to Tauranga and was working in a different industry.   Read more »

Budget over, cue the whingers, here come the teacher unions

What is it with teacher unions and people involved in education?

They constantly have their hands out and when more money, in this case $857 million extra, is spent in their area of the economy they are whining like unpaid hookers that it wasn’t enough.

Early Childhood Council chief executive Peter Reynolds attacked the subsidy increases as a deliberate deception that will push-up charges for parents and reduce quality.

Salaries were a big cost to centres, and the subsidy related to that had increased by less than 1 per cent, Mr Reynolds said, which was below inflation and “another funding cut in drag”.

Ms Parata rejected that, and said ECE care was 33 per cent more affordable as a proportion of household income than 2007. Government spending on the sector had almost doubled since 2007/08.

“Parents can see from the Budget that the Government has allocated over $155 million [extra ECE funding]. That is a significant chunk of change over the next four years.”  Read more »

Bet he was registered too

The Teachers Council has been so effective in protecting our children from these filthy predators

A teacher at an Auckland school is before the court accused of committing “indecent acts” in his classroom.

The 54-year-old man was granted interim name suppression during his appearance at Auckland District Court this morning and a ruling was also made to keep the name of the school secret.

It is alleged that in June last year, the man wilfully committed two indecent acts.

One of the charges lists the road the school is on as the location of the offence, while the other one specifies “in a classroom”.

A spokesman for the New Zealand Teachers’ Council said they were “well aware” of the situation and a full investigation into the man’s actions would take place at the conclusion of the criminal proceedings.

The school at which the defendant worked suspended him shortly after the alleged incidents took place, and he resigned a month later when the teachers’ council got involved.

Sickens me to think these animals manage to get past all the checks and balances.   Are there any?   Read more »

The PPTA doesn’t care about kids

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The PPTa demonstrates why they should be deregistered as a union.

They don’t care about education or kids, they are hell bent on politicking and are so focused on revenge against charter schools they have implemented a boycott of them.

Like their preferred political party they are resorting to the nasty.

If you had one word to describe the feeling in the room at Mangere’s Rise Up school it would be hope.

The beginning of the new school year meant opening day for a new school in a struggling south Auckland community and parents and teachers are desperate for success. But even as it opens, the teachers’ union wants the charter school and others like it to fail, so much so they are banning their members from having anything to do with them.  Read more »