Opposed to Charter Schools? Use our System…Whoops

An email from a reader, and loyal army member:

Hi Cam

You ran a post a while ago with details of how to make a submission re Charter Schools. Even though the site was set up by NZEI and PPTA with the express purpose of making submissions against charter schools, I like many members of the Whale Army made an eloquent submission on behalf of charter schools.

They may not have read it fully as I got this from them this morning. I politely replied, thanking them for giving me the email addresses of everyone on the Select Committee and pointing out that in fact I was strongly in favour of charter schools, and that perhaps if they took their blinkers off and showed more concern for educating the children rather than campaigning to protect their patch, and refusing to implement initiatives as directed by their employers, they too might see the benefits of charter schools.

I then emailed everyone on the list, plus my MP, reinforcing that I strongly support the charter school provisions of the Education Amendment Bill, and explained why. It was nice to be able to do this so easily, using the email addresses supplied by the NZEI and PPTA.


They have claimed that every single one of the submission they orchestrated through their website were opposed. Well that simply isn’t true. 

But interesting that only 2000 submissions were received. Hardly surprising when just 1 in 18 PPTA members could be bothered to put their own submissions in as well.

Outgoing PPTA President Robin Duff has acknowledged that, despite spending thousand of members (i.e. taxpayers) funds on full page advertising only 1000 secondary teachers have responded to their desperate plea for submissions to the Bill that will allow Charter Schools.

With incoming President Angela “out of her depth” Roberts acknowledging that they have 18,000 members the PPTA must be gutted. One in 18 against and/or care enough to say so.

NZEI must also be stunned to be sending in only 700 submissions. For all of Ian Leckie’s vitriol you would have thought every primary school teacher was going to be crawling to the steps of parliament and writing their submissions in the blood from their knees.

Only 700 from the NZEI…were those ones separate or included in the 2000 claimed above?

Many more people by not submitting at all have voted, like they did at the election, with the programme put in place by the government. Once again the teacher unions will be on the wrong side parents, instead preferring to defend a system that protects mediocrity and rewards sloth.

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