Charter School Round-up, Or the PPTA goes bonkers

teacherunionsBy the end of yesterday any secondary school teacher who is a member of the PPTA should have been hanging their head in shame. As the government announced the first 5 Partnership Schools the PPTA went bonkers, bananas, nuts, etc.

On Larry Williams someone called Hazel McIntosh went apoplectic – seriously toys out of the cot ranting and huffing and puffing – while admitting that she hasn’t read any of the research (even the Stanford one – great example for someone in education) and then lied by saying the $19million  (over 4 years) has reduced the education budget – it has actually gone up. Then decided to promote a ban on all interaction with Partnership Schools by PPTA members as this is “the most serious threat facing our education system”.

On Radio Live PPTA President Angela “out of her depth” Roberts showed that with Maths she is not the sharpest tool in the kit. She kept stating the reported $19 million over 4 years is a “massive” amount of money despite it being pointed out that many NZ secondary schools are funded for well in excess of $10 million per annum. She then demanded this money be spread between all decile 1 schools as “imagine what they could do”. If reported figures are right, the ones the Ms Roberts would have used – that works out at about $19,000 per decile 1 school per year. That would really rip their undies. So Roberts is either lying and treating the public like they are dummies or can take that label for herself. 

Then on One News last night one of their operatives stated the best way ahead for PPTA is to treat the new schools (and presumably the children in them) “like a disease”.

For an organisation that claims to have a care and interest for children – could they have shown themselves in a worse light? The monster came out of the cupboard under the stairs and it really is hideous.

So …. are teachers really happy to be represented by these people. The PPTA could only get 1/18 of their members to submit to select committee over Partnership Schools (despite writing the letter for them) maybe the other 94% could save their subscriptions and now tell them to take a long hike to find some sense.

If the PPTA are refusing to provide professional development and advice to members who choose to work in a Charter School then that says much about their commitment to their membership . They care more about politics than their members.

Perhaps it is time for some alternate education sectors unions to be set up to provide the services that the PPTA and NZEI seem to be failing to provide as they pursue a highly political agenda against the government.


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