And yet Charter schools do it on decile 3 funding

As a perfect example of how out of touch unions and the opposition are on education witness this:

School fees and donations are rising at almost 10 times the rate of inflation, new figures reveal.

The latest figures from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) show a rise of 3.7 per cent in what schools are asking parents to pay – more than nine times the overall inflation rate of 0.4 per cent.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) tracks changes in primary and secondary school fees and donations each year.

Labour’s education spokesperson Chris Hipkins said education costs have really “started to bite” in the last year and a half.

“We know that parents are being asked more and more to put their hands in their pockets to help fund the costs of their kids’ education,” he said.

“We’re seeing a transfer of costs from schools onto parents.”

Hipkins said more money should be put into education. Funding shortages had “moved far beyond the days of sausage sizzles and cake stalls”.

Of course Hipkins says more money should be put into schooling, ignoring that it is…millions more.

He disagreed with Auckland Grammar’s call to allow state schools to charge fees, rather than make voluntary donations. Kids were supposed to be guaranteed free education by law.

Education minister Hekia Parata said the CPI didn’t represent costs to households, only what schools were asking for. Parents weren’t obligated to pay state school costs.

“Our system allows parents who are able to, and want to, to fundraise and donate money to their children’s schools, but these activities are voluntary,” she said.

She pointed out Government funding had increased by “hundreds of millions” each year. For every $1.80 parents donate to schools, taxpayers contributed about $100.

As for private schools, they made their own decisions on what to charge.

Labour argued the Government’s increasing yearly funding average per student didn’t reflect inflation and actually showed a decrease when converted to “real time” costs.

Charter schools manage to get by on decile three funding with very low set-up costs. Charter schools also aren’t taxing their parents extra.

Why can’t state schools emulate the efforts of Charter schools?

Hipkins might have a better understanding if he actually bothered to attend a Charter school for even five minutes.


– Fairfax



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  • Grizz30

    SB, you have made this point many times that Charter schools function off less money than state schools. Do you have any insight into why state schools need more money to run. Where are they spending their cash in places that charter schools do not?

    • Aucky

      Here’s a good example Grizz, if a little extreme. If a principal gets a one term paid sabbatical the school has to fund a relieving principal out of their school funds which at around $2.5k a week makes a big hole particularly if the school is decile 10 and gets minimal government funding.

      • biscuit barrel

        A bit of a correction Aucky.

        “Each year there are 100 sabbaticals ( 10 weeks) available to principals, in state or state-integrated primary schools, covered by the Primary Principals’ Collective Agreement (PPCA)”.

        But the school is refunded the money

        “The principal receives their normal salary from their school while on leave. The sabbatical funds relief costs to the school, in accordance with the PPCA, for the duration of sabbatical.”

  • Don O’Brien

    So what is Decile 3 funding? How much per pupil per year?

    • biscuit barrel

      Decile 3 is plenty, a lot more than decile 10 get ( zero)

      “Extra funding is given to schools with lower decile scores – decile 10 schools receive no extra funding, while decile 1 schools received between $731 and $905 in EXTRA funding per student in 2015.

  • biscuit barrel

    all this story says is that the top two deciles( 9& 10) get half the school donations

  • metalnwood

    If schools need more money I would rather give it directly to them and not the government which will pass on 60c of my dollar after all the costs of administration and handling it are added up.

    • biscuit barrel

      You are welcome to give them any amount you like, and it does happen. Fund raising from sources other than parents is a major job of principals. Only trick is they cant be used for school operations so its new infrastructure mostly. Or even new windows that are double glazed instead of the old leaky ones

  • Still waiting for one piece of evidence that the sponsors of charter schools have put up one cent of their own money ( a condition if I remember rightly).