The refreshed Labour’s bizarre education/poverty views

Maybe being upset at finding out she is spokesperson for nothing Louisa Wall has put out a rather strange and confused education release along with the NZEI.

The confusion starts with the heading:

South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings

Ummm – if comparative socioeconomic markers go down in a location the schools get more money. Does the release mean Labour doesn’t want them to get it?

It then becomes hard to know who is speaking as the release is confused and badly written but one of Wall or NZEI President Judith Nowartaski goes the way of the Bruce McLaren Principal Roy Lilley http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/tag/roy-lilley/ (he of the 416 spare places in his school caused by a Charter School that hasn’t begun yet) and complains about Charter Schools easing financial burdens for families.

“For new Charter Schools to be able to offer free uniforms and stationary will significantly affect the ability of South Auckland schools to match this offer.”

What? Does someone in the Labour party read what they write? Yep – the intent is nonsense but they could at least write a correct sentence. 

The situations they refer to are South Auckland Middle School and Middle School West Auckland being criticised for having no donations from families, free uniform and free stationery. Truly upseeting.

So once again:

– Charter Schools get massively less start up funding than State schools (they cost about 5 – 10% of a State School set up).

– They then get decile 3 funding (less than 1 & 2 schools that Wall/Nowartarski are trying to protect).

– It would cost State schools less than 3% of their budget to provide uniforms and stationery.

 Impertinent questions:

– Is this a smoke screen to blind people to the other things that the Charter Schools are offering such as small classes and innovative curriculum and learning modes?

– Is it a deflection away from the high quality ERO reports two of the schools already have in terms of dealing with “high priority learners”.

And:

– Is renewed Labour spokesperson for Education – Chris Hipkins – happy that there is a Labour Party education release out today without a mention of his name? Unity?


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