She's dreamin'

Apparently the rest of us should continue to pay for teachers in Christchurch who do not have anyone to teach. A whole lot of specious reasoning is put forward, including the holy grail of smaller class sizes. Are there any readers out there who have ever seen any research showing smaller class sizes improve education outcomes?

A mother and teacher is leading a campaign to stop the Government axing nearly 170 fulltime teacher jobs in Christchurch.

Sandra Spekreijse has written an open letter to Prime Minister John Key urging him to maintain staff levels in quake-affected Canterbury schools and early childhood centres next year.

Education Minister Anne Tolley announced this month the Government would be cutting funding for the equivalent of 167 fulltime teachers – or 4.5 per cent of the Christchurch teaching work force – from next year as pupils had moved away or to other parts of the city since the earthquakes.

About 3500 pupils have enrolled in schools outside the city and 1500 have moved to different schools within Christchurch.

It has obviously escaped this union hack that schools are funded by capitation, no kids means no money. The money has gone to the schools with the kids.

And the subby needs a good kick in the arse, she may well be a mother but she is also the teachers union rep.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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