Maori and Pasifika students at one of the nation’s first partnership schools have been congratulated on provisional NCEA results.
Maori students at Vanguard Military School achieved roll-based pass rates of 92.3 per cent at level 1, 90.5 per cent at level 2, and 100 per cent at level 3.
Pasifika students achieve 85.7 per cent, 100 per cent and 100 per cent respectively.
In New Zealand, the Charter School model was introduced after the 2011 election.
At this point – coming towards 6 years later, we only have 10 operating and only two introduced by David Seymour.
It looks like Andrew Little may have had a call from the teacher unions.
The other day, while defending Willie Jackson, he made this statement:
Little clarified that Labour did not agree with the charter schools model including its provision for unregistered teachers and the ability not to adhere to the formal curriculum. However, it had supported special character schools.
“We are supportive of school systems that work and particularly that help to address educational underachievement.”
Three years on from when the first Charter School was opened it is now much, much harder for a Charter school to get off the ground. It is not just the continued opposition to the model from the left but the funding for the model has been reduced by the government to the point where some organisations keen to open a Charter school have been withdrawing their applications once they discover the reduced funding alongside other issues.
The Government’s charter school model has been branded “an unworkable mirage” by former MP John Tamihere, after he pulled the plug on a proposed bilingual West Auckland school.
The Te Whnau O Waipareira Trust, headed by Tamihere, was on the verge of announcing a new partnership school with the Ministry of Education, with 100 children already signed up to enrol.
The trust was ready to invest $250,000 into the kura which would have opened next year in Henderson.
I visited New Zealand’s first Charter school as part of my Charter school perception series and was very impressed with it. It is a real pity that the model has been changed as New Zealand needs more schools like South Auckland Middle School who have proved what can be done when the model is right.
Clothing business Postie Plus commissioned a survey to find out how much purchasing uniforms, paying donations, and buying technology devices, etc, at the start of the school year costs parents. The results of that survey have been used by the MSM to help promote a back to school cost crisis that lacks balance. Most of the media coverage mentioned Postie Plus but I am sure that it is just a coincidence and had nothing to do with Postie Plus wanting to promote their affordable range of uniforms.
The survey was run by PureProfile and was commissioned by Postie Plus, which sells school uniforms and has developed a range with a uniform that costs less than $50
Last week the Labour Party brought yet another bill to the House to try to undermine New Zealand Charter schools (Partnership Schools .) Act Party leader David Seymour called the bill ” Ground Hog day,” referring to a film of that name where a man finds himself caught in a time loop and forced to relive the same day over and over again. Poor David had to defend Partnership schools from yet another attack bill from the Labour Party who appear to be forced to do the biddings of their Union masters over and over and over again. As with previous attempts, Labour’s attack was neutralised. Act, National, United Future and the Maori Party voted against it and it was defeated 63-57.
I was disappointed but not surprised to see another attack on Vanguard military school yesterday by Chris Hipkins. I have written many articles about Charter schools as part of my investigative series and I have time and time again pointed out the truth and have shown that the critics were not comparing apples with apples.
Misleading data has again been used in order to try to make very successful schools look bad.
Labour Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins, who obtained the documents, said it showed charter schools have been “massively overstating” their pass rates when compared with the rest of the country’s schools.
…In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA Level 2.
Since Vanguard Military school was one of the charter schools smeared by the article I will use it as an example to show the problem with the data that Chris Hipkins has referred to.
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says charter schools are having a positive impact and he’s calling on all Maori MPs to vote against the bill.
“They know in their heart of hearts that actually kura hourua are delivering for our people,” he said.
Charter Schools are getting results and the students who are being helped come from families who vote for a range of political parties. If something works political parties should put people before political point scoring like the Maori Party have.
Would the Labour Party put up a bill to abolish hospitals if they only existed because of a policy of the National Party? Would they ignore the need for hospitals and the demand for them and agitate that they be abolished simply because it wasn’t their good idea in the first place?
Why can’t they take a leaf out of John Key’s book and instead of going against good policy ideas introduced by other parties they instead steal them and make them their own? A number of families who would otherwise vote Labour will not be doing so this election because Labour has promised to destroy the Charter schools where their children are currently doing so well.
Is it a global budget or is it bulk funding? Everything seems to be hanging on the label that has been given to the government’s proposal. The teacher’s unions are saying it is bulk funding but is that really the case? The government says it isn’t. The problem seems to be that the teachers’ unions have closed their minds to the proposal and don’t want the public to be given the opportunity to understand it.
Teachers in Auckland this week held the first of 50 planned stopwork meetings around the country over a Government proposal called a “global budget”…
It would be a pity if this idea was stifled before the public has had a chance to understand it. Teachers’ unions have been calling it “bulk funding”, a proposal they resisted from the previous National Government in the 1990s. But as the “global budget” is described by the Ministry of Education, it does not look like the earlier scheme.
Not so long ago I visited South Auckland Middle School, one of two partnership schools with a total enrolment of 280 operated by the not-for-profit Villa Education Trust.
Because I had read of President Obama’s recognition of the benefit which partnership schools have for disadvantaged Afro-American kids, I was predisposed to like what I saw.
At the same time, I had heard of the strong opposition to such schools on the part of the teacher unions, and I assumed that at least part of their opposition was motivated by genuine concern for the effect of such schools on the children who attend them.
If that opposition is indeed based on a genuine concern for the children, they should visit South Auckland Middle School with an open mind.
I was blown away by what I found.
Yes, the school is effectively bulk-funded, in principle enabling the school to employ unregistered or unqualified teachers. In reality, all their teachers are fully registered and fully qualified. Classes are limited in size to 15.
The school provides a school uniform and all basic stationery without charge, and no fees or “donations” are charged.
Erm. Question: How can they have smaller class sizes, registered teachers, school supplied uniforms and no need to “donate” anything. Another question: How are state-run schools not able to do this? Read more »