Rodney Hide calls out Greens and their Charter Schools hatred

Rodney Hide gives Catherine Delahunty and her pals in the Green taliban a good kicking.

Parliament is a House of Representatives and, with the Green’s Catherine Delahunty, the stupid and the rude have a voice.

Ms Delahunty this week attacked a partnership school, Vanguard Military. She did so without visiting, talking to students, parents or teachers. That’s despite having an open invitation to do so.

The Greens have never let facts spoil their politics. Ms Delahunty continues the tradition.

Ms Delahunty’s complaint was Vanguard’s high turnover. The roll had “plunged.” Hers was no throwaway line. It was a prepared media hit.

She delivered it publicly and viciously. Green hugs and cuddles don’t extend to partnership schools, their students, staff or parents.

Had Ms Delahunty made rudimentary inquiry, she would have learned that Vanguard’s high turnover is a consequence of its phenomenal success.

Vanguard students are passing in unprecedented numbers at unprecedented speed. The school has a 91% success rate. And remember, Vanguard is targeting the very students the state school system is failing.

It takes a special stupid to read success as failure and do so publicly. It takes a special rudeness to attack a new school – and thereby the school’s students – when both are working hard to achieve against the odds.

Yes and Catherine Delahunty is a special kind of stupid.

But wait.

Ms Delahunty attacks Vanguard for failing – when it’s not. She then declares partnership schools a success but only because of “over-funding.”

“If state schools received the same amount of resources, they would be able to achieve amazing things for their students as well.”

Hang on, she just said Vanguard is failing (when it’s not). Now, she says, partnership schools are achieving “amazing things.” In Ms Delahunty’s world partnership schools are both failing and succeeding.

And, either way, she’s against them.

“The problem with charter schools is that they suck resources and students away from public schools.” It doesn’t occur to Ms Delahunty that parents are choosing Vanguard Military School. It’s not a black hole. It has no field of force sucking parents and children in. Parents are choosing Vanguard because it’s succeeding with the very students state schools are failing.

She lied, and used the lies to get headlines, and so far only Radio Live has called her out. This is why politicians lie, because they can get away with it.

But wait.

Ms Delahunty claimed Vanguard was being paid $27,000 a year per student, compared with $7000 for a state school student.

It’s not. Her numbers are wildly out. Ministry of Education figures show the funding of state and partnership schools to be comparable.

The operational funding of a primary state school of 45 students is $7490 a student and for a partnership school of 50 students it’s $7573. They are the same.

For a state secondary school of 307 students, it’s $9594, and for a partnership school of 300, it’s $8452.

I emailed Ms Delahunty requesting explanation. She replied. Dear heaven. She included in her comparison Vanguard’s property, insurance and what the ministry calls central funding support – all of which state schools don’t pay for (the Ministry of Education does).

She also included establishment costs – think what a state school costs to build – and ignored the costs of teaching the students who had passed and graduated.

So she built upon her lies…used mismatched numbers, and compared apples with oranges. She is just inherently dishonest, but also unable to admit it.

Radio Live’s Duncan Garner asked Ms Delahunty whether she had visited Vanguard. “I have been to Alwyn Poole’s school,” was her reply. Mr Poole has set up two partnership schools. Fair enough.

But Mr Garner then asked Mr Poole about her visit. “She’s been nowhere near South Auckland Middle School or our new West Auckland site,” he said.

She had visited Mr Poole’s Mt Hobson Middle School some years ago but before partnership schools were up and running. Mt Hobson is not a partnership school.

Ms Delahunty is stupid, rude and tricky.

Ms Delahunty is the Green’s spokeswoman on education. Perfect.

The perfect person to represent the interests of equally stupid, rude and tricky teacher unions.



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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.