Will Labour ban funding to this charter school as well?

Labour and the teacher unions hate charter schools and Labour  has promised to ban them and repeal the legislation.

But will they ban funding to this charter school?

For diplomatic reasons he might have a big problem with halting the following. MFAT via the NZ Embassy in Washington annually pays US$10k to outfit aspirational rugby players at a charter school in one of DC’s ‘meanest’ suburbs.

The secret was already weighing on him as the team bus pulled out of Washington and headed north.

Tal Bayer, coach of one of the District‚Äôs most unlikely athletic success stories, sat at the front, his pale bald head a beacon to his roster of two dozen teenagers. He called them his boys, and the physical expression of their relationship ‚ÄĒ cleats, gym bags, rugby balls ‚ÄĒ were strewn all over the bus.

Bayer liked taking his rugby players out of the city, where so many of their lives are defined by struggle. ‚ÄúEvery mile you get away from D.C., away from school, from the pressures of home, you can see the kids open up,‚ÄĚ he said.

It was early March, and the Pride rugby team was headed to Philadelphia for its first real test of the season. Bayer had been making these trips since founding the program 14 years ago at what was then Hyde Leadership Public Charter and is now Perry Street Prep Public Charter. Pride is one of the only high school squads in the country composed entirely of black players, an inspirational story that in recent years had intrigued documentary filmmakers and¬†Hollywood screenwriters.¬† Read more »

“Hundreds” March – Asset Sales March Update

Oh dear. “Hundreds of Protestors”

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Radio Live/TV3

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Not thousands……hundreds.

Spies forwarded footage and Police reports of just 300 people tired old hacks marching.

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This matches Labour stooge Arena Williams’ glowing report via twitter. Wow 300 people!! ¬†This woman is apparently a future Labour super-star.

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We know the numbers were that light because The Standard started the excuses early on.  They ran a mile from the debacle and silly comments from Ms Williams.  Old heads like Lynn Prentice know this was a cluster fuck of the highest order for the left.

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Meatworkers Union – Failure to Disclose

For Meat Workers Union Members only: presented by the Owl

Dear Meat Workers Union Members:

A number of people have been working very hard on your behalf to ensure you receive the best information available from your unions. We have received major criticism for our persistence in these matters but we are now able to provide you with your correct financial information.

We are not looking for a thank you or anything ‚Äď we just want you to have the best. For the Owl I¬†believe in process and a great advocate for members. Just like you pay money into kiwi saver there¬†is governing laws around protecting your investment. Unions are incorporated societies and your¬†investment needs to be protected as well. Failure to disclose is a serious matter.

The Owl has tabled a comparison of what was originally filed by your Union in 2011 and what the actual true figures were.

Please note that your Union auditors have stated that in their report ‚ÄúAlso we have not been able to¬†obtain sufficient audit evidence regarding revenues and expenses relating to Hawera Sub-Branch and¬†2010 comparatives of Otago Southland Branch‚ÄĚ. These are not our words but your auditors.

The Owl does not dig around in rubbish bins for scandals and only uses information freely available in the public domain. I suggest members write to their Union and seek clarification on any matters.

What is worse – A privacy breach or a failure to disclose?

2011 2011 2011
Expenses ¬†Orginally Filed ¬†The “Real” position ¬†Understated by:
ACC Levy  999  4,177  3,178
Affiliations and Capitation  93,236  93,236  -
Donations & Presentations  24,416  45,796  21,380
Fringe Benefit Tax  4,461  39,008  34,547
Health & Safety  55,743  79,326  23,583
Legal  56,161  350,632  294,471
Meetings and Conferences  160,553  456,598  296,045
Honorariums & Commissions  4,000  87,276  83,276
Salaries & Allowances  170,031  1,203,188  1,033,157
Superannuation  8,405  46,588  38,183
Travelling Car & Air  34,593  233,698  199,105
Accountancy  -  41,234  41,234
Audit  4,903  30,975  26,072
Depreciation  6,173  119,347  113,174
Loss on Fixed Assets  7,867  4,684 (3,183)
Office Expenses  68,704  346,562  277,858
Total expenses  686,205  3,182,325  2,482,080
Membership Subscription  682,178  2,768,676  2,086,498
Interest Received  29,928  166,392  136,464
Rental Income  -  39,580  39,580
Sundry Income  -  110,990  110,990
 712,106  3,085,638  2,373,532
Taxation  8,230  49,705  41,475
Net Surplus (Loss) 17,671 (146,392) (128,721)