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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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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