Still nothing to see here Chippy?

As noted here, Chris Hipkins has a major conflict brewing with Labour MPs who actually care for Maori and Pasifika youth.

He is going to ask them to vote to close 8 – 10 thriving Charter schools that are full of Maori and Pasifika children/families with high aspirations.

He says nothing different is needed as the State system is fine.

The 2015 results are just out and there is another take on the University Entrance situation. This is the qualification that can actually break cycles. Even just counting students who have made it all the way through to Year 13 there are massive differentials.

Year 13 Roll Based UE Pass rate 2015   

Asian -65%

European – 58%

Maori – 32%

Pasifika – 30%

Keeping in mind that the results at earlier levels see a disproportionate number of Maori and Pasifika children leave – this is HUGE.

But Hipkins will look the other way.

Fortunately, his fellow MPs have far more education sense and it is hard to imagine people who actually understand the portfolio, such as Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis, voting to close schools that are not only serving Maori and Pasifika well but are also in their electorates.

You may be sure that Chris Hipkins will lack the courage to actually front up to a Charter school and look those kids in the eye and tell them that he is the man who is going to close their schools, and that’s too bad because he wants them to go back to the schools they fled from.


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  • Dog Breath

    Let the debate in Parliament begin. Hipkins prepare to be roasted from all directions.

  • R&BAvenger

    This is what Charter Schools are all about. Improving educational outcomes for students and giving their parents choice, when the state system has failed them.

  • Right Wing Uni Student

    Kelvin is owned by the unions. As is Little. Their stance on the TPPA and on joining the coalition against ISIS shows they care far less about the prosperity of this country and far more about trying to get cheap political points. The entire Labour party will get behind Hipkins on this.

    National will then probably cave and promise to never open another charter school.

    On the bright side I expect to see some good lines by Seymour advocating over their success. I have a feel he has been hoping for this debate to come up actually.

    • R&BAvenger

      With recent poll results, getting behind Hipkins on another
      ‘vote-winner’/game changer is less likely. National shouldn’t cave on this, it is a success story for the students and their parents. Underperforming schools are closed, as per the policy. It is a vote winner for National potentially, amongst Maori and Pasifika. Also potential teachers as well.

      • Right Wing Uni Student

        Of course they shouldn’t cave, but they seem to cave on nearly every wild idea Labour has presented.

        I agree charter schools are a great policy, and if explained to any impartial person the vast majority would respond positively. However, they are one of the things the Left screams at everytime it is mentioned, which makes voters more cautious, which makes National cave.

        Labour seem to be completely oblivious to the fact that staunch opposition to everything has never boosted their polls, so I doubt they’ll realise it now.

        I do hope you’re right, as support for Charter Schools from both sides of the House would be great news, but I remain pessimistic.

    • Annoyed

      I don’t know. Davis has been doing what the Unions say but he got voted in by his electorate. The Unions and the party abandoned him and his people got him in. In seems like a risk to ignore them over something that he knows is benefiting them.

  • Davo42

    This debate could well be beneficial to the Charter Schools depending on the Media Party’s preferred outcome. Depends if they portray happy and successful students or focus on the failed Whangaruru charter school.

  • Seriously?

    When will Labour stop thinking about what their union masters yearn for, and start thinking about the kids – stop putting their “principles” ahead of practicality. If having charter schools get better outcomes for kids, great. If they don’t, then I’m against them.

    So far, it seem to work better than any alternative. It seems to work for many of the kids that were failing under the state system, and it may also be improving the outcomes in state schools by removing some of the more problematic kids from them.

    This is a classic example of why the general voter has abandoned Labour.

  • Keanne Lawrence

    The stats tell the story but like answers to questions in the house Labour are always too busy interjecting or rejecting any proactive action.
    Perhaps it is time for WOBH hooked to start a data base to record the reasons so many state schools reach notoriety not for their educational achievements but through the actions and antics of so many registered teachers.
    The school, when the event occurred, the offenders name if known, when it became known to the school, what action was taken by the school, relevant charges resulting from the offence and finally a trauma rating for the student/s involved.
    While Charter Schools strive to put the students needs first dominated by those that have struggled to develop even modest learning skills in the state system they will remain a pain in the neck for the establishment as they know it.
    The one failure that will be brandished around a lot only serves testament to the weakness of not only race based education platforms but also the natives administrative skill shortage.