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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