Charter Schools

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Vanguard Military School students Marching.
PHOTO-Vanguard Military School Facebook page

From our post on Charter schools on Saturday:

Well Whale Oil did a story few weeks back about the Albany military prep school. I have been looking for apprentices for years for our business. We have been through a few.I

I employed one of the students in the story, Joshua. I will never go to a normal school to offer employment again.   Read more »

State Schools good, Charter schools Baaaaad

Radio New Zealand has reproduced a PPTA piece that tries to make a case that a Hawkes Bay Charter School is highly funded. They did this by lumping in establishment costs along with an over-statement of 2017 operating funding and then compared it to the long-run per student average for State Schools.

A fair comparison would be for a new Charter high school to be compared to a recent State school establishment like Ormiston Senior College which started in 2011. It was meant to grow to a roll of 1600 students but by 2015 it only had 445. It had all year levels available by 2013. It cost approximately $22 million for land (one-third of the cost for three schools on site – Primary, Junior College, Senior) and $31.3 million for buildings. Add another $1.5m for establishment funding and in 2015 it is also listed as receiving $7688 per student (plus centralised services).

Using the PPTA formula that works out at $130,834 per student. Quite a bit more than even the PPTA’s nonsensical comparison for the Charter School but then funding has never been the real reason why the PPTA has been opposed to partnership schools. Their opposition has always been ideological.
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Another confused teacher’s union leader

The NZEI have a new leader, Lynda Stuart. She admits to having been a part of an education system for the last 30 years that has generated massive inequalities for Maori and Pasifika children. Her first point of confusion is she advocates for the State – one size fits all – methodology:

“Policies such as national standards and charter schools have no place in a country which values diversity and the personalisation of a child’s learning journey.”

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Speaking of Charter Schools, Labour and the Greens want to shut this sort of success down

Fairfax reports:

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.

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Why so slow to make Charter change in New Zealand?

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.

A study about to come out of Harvard shows that everyone is losing with this approach:   Read more »

Is Little walking back his statements on charter schools?

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.”

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Three years down the track how is New Zealand’s first Charter School doing?

PHOTO-South Auckland Middle School facebook page

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.

-NZ Herald

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.

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MSM push “back to school cost” crisis and ignore the solution

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

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All the news it appears is bad news. Have a look at all these headlines.

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David Seymour calls Labours bill against Charter Schools “Ground Hog day”

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.

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Misleading Data used by Chris Hipkins for another hit on Charter Schools

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.

-NZ Herald

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.

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