NZEI agree with themselves in unanimous debate on Charter Schools

teacher-unionNZEI have taken to quoting themselves in press releases on Partnership schooling because what they say cannot be stated credibly to any semi-intelligent human.

In their latest diatribe they continue to bang on about the $19 million going towards charter schools.

No one argues the new schools should be accountable and indications are that they have to report back to the Minister four times a year (i.e more accountable than the state) with set targets. But what NZEI and long term professional unionist Paul Goulter deliberately leave out is that $19 million is to the state school budgets like a dehydrated man piddling into the Pacific.

If you take an average of the ten schools from this selection – their total funding is $87.5 million (averaging a cool $8.7 million each per annum). Their average NCEA Level 1 failure rate is over 45%.  

If the teacher unions wanted a little credibility – instead of wallowing in their hypocrisy the might ask the $10 million per year schools where the $50 million over the last 5 years has gone and how exactly it has been used to improve the lives of the constant stream of academic failures and cycle repeaters leaving their gates.

In their self quoted article Goulter states – “How come it’s so easy for the government’s ideological experiment with charter schools to get extra cash when needed, but public schools have to scrape and scrabble around to find money to pay teacher aides from one term to the next?”

How is having $10 million per annum to scrape and scrabble? Could he be any more disrespectful to taxpayers.

As for their moaning about money into “private hands”. Goulter receives taxpayer money through the subs paid – is he a state unto himself? Every piece of stationery bought, IT component, insurance, etc – for state schools goes into private hands. Their nonsense is palpable.

The unions would do better to simply be honest. They are worried about their patch.

Still unsure how teachers can be happy being represented this way.


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