Perry Rush

Angst over school start times?

Oh the angst from Perry Rush about the possibility of schools having flexibility with their start times.

Parents say they’re “horrified” at the idea of flexible school hours and the potential chaos it will cause for families enrolled at several different schools.

The idea of schools having flexibility with their opening and closing hours is part of the Education Legislation Bill that is currently before select committee.

On Wednesday, principal Perry Rush of Wellington’s Island Bay School?said he had done a “straw poll” of about 20 parents on Tuesday afternoon asking them what they thought of the idea.

“I’m at a decile 10 school so a very professional community in Island Bay and I asked a good 20 parents what their thoughts were on more flexible hours and they were horrified”.

He said parents’ responses consisted of concerns about how it would work and the practicalities of picking up children from different schools with different finishing times.

Other responses included, “I’ve got to pick my kids up from those schools and I’ve got their sporting activities after school -?how’s that going to land for me and my part-time work that I organise around students?” ?? Read more »

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World Class Education System?

The teacher unions bang on about our “world class education system”…the very same system that leave 20% of children as failures. For the teacher unions though, that is acceptable.

Dr John Langley thinks our system is broken and needs a radical over-haul. I imagine he will now be attacked by the teacher unions.

A couple of weeks ago the Secretary for Education, Lesley Longstone, commented in her annual report that New Zealand did not have a world-class education system because around one in five of our children fail. She is right.

Four out of five is not good enough to claim world class status.

They have already attacked Lesley Longstone…watch for the attacks after this statement:

Those who fail are predominantly brown or poor, or both. This has gone on for generation after generation. It is morally indefensible and economically unsustainable. Not to mention the cost on individuals, families and communities.

If the achievement of New Zealand’s top 20 per cent of children were measured, we would be first out of all OECD countries. If the achievement of our bottom 20 per cent were measured, we would just sneak ahead of Turkey for last place. That is the range and extent of the problem.

So…are teacher unions part of the solution or actually part of the problem?

The response to Longstone’s comment from a number of quarters was sadly predictable.

One response, initially made by the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) and supported by others, was that the comment should not have been made because it undermined public confidence in our education system as a whole. This is a curious thing to say as it begs the obvious question about whose confidence is being undermined?

It is not those who are failing or their families. They lost confidence in the system generations ago.

It is not those who do not have sufficient skills to get a job because they, too, have already lost confidence in the system years ago.

So, maybe it is the confidence of the largely Pakeha middle classes whose children tend to succeed most in the system that is being undermined?

Perhaps PPTA is concerned that nasty talk of failure in certain quarters might unnerve those whose children and young people are actually succeeding?

We mustn’t speak of failure. This is probably why the NZPF gave Perry Rush an award for his work against National Standards when he demonstrably failed.

Then again, maybe it is because these are issues that are very difficult and the traditional “tinkering” type approaches we have attempted for decades to address these complex matters have, by and large, been unsuccessful and we must now think about more radical changes to our whole system? This, I have no doubt, can cause a certain amount of angst for some.

Or maybe it is just that at times this truth is unpalatable to a country with values of fair-go, equity and merit-based reward such as New Zealand?

What is most difficult to understand about the response is that it seems to be saying that if the facts are not pleasant, then we should not publish them and discuss them because someone somewhere may be a little upset or offended.

So, such reports then should only contain the good news?

I think not.

I’m with the Doctor.

We should be rightly proud of our education system and all that it does achieve. We should be proud of the bulk of our teachers who cause children and young people to achieve every day. They get too little reward for their efforts.

And the teacher unions oppose merit based pay. Part of the problem.

And we should acknowledge all of the very serious attempts that have been made to address this most vexing problem we have. But that should never ever for any reason stop us identifying, publishing and talking about those things that are not working. Not to do so is to condemn the system as moribund to be run and reported on by a bunch of latter day Pollyannas.

We have less than a generation to address this imbalance in achievement in our education system and if we are to succeed, we must look the problems squarely in the eye and do what must be done to make the changes necessary.

Totally agree.

So, what are those changes? What we know from the best current research is that the vast majority of influence in student achievement is because of the quality of teaching, the quality of leadership that sits behind it, the relationships that exist across individuals and institutions within the education system, and the range of pathways that young people have within the system.

So, any changes that will have any significant impact on achievement must focus on these factors. We must:

Ensure that our professional and performance standards for teachers “raise all of the boats” and reduce the range of quality between the top performers (of which there are many) and those less effective – the need to teach 5/5 and not just 4/5.

Uh-oh…the Doctor is in for a kicking from the teacher unions for sure now.

Provide teachers with the professional development, rewards and career structures that foster ongoing professional growth and development.

Grow and develop our educational leaders in a clear and systematic manner focusing on teaching and learning and the environments that enhance that.

Always, without fail, see education as a team effort between children and young people, teachers, education leaders and our whanau and communities and hold them all accountable.

Develop a more flexible system that enables institutions at all levels, from early childhood to tertiary, to be able to cater for the needs of those attending them rather than be locked into a resourcing system that encourages patch protection.

The teacher unions are all about patch protection.

Most importantly, develop a structure where teachers are seen as learned and caring professionals who can make the decisions necessary to grow those in front of them and who have a say in how that happens and be accountable for it.

They will been as learned and caring professionals when they stop acting like petulant children and covering up for pedo teachers.

Why our Education System is Rooted

Our education is rooted and it was rooted from within by the very people who would have us all think it has nothing wrong with it.

A case in point is the NZ Principal’s Federation giving Perry Rush an award for fighting National Standards.

Amidst the end of year mayhem take a breather to join us in celebrating the achievements of one of your outstanding colleagues Perry Rush, principal of Island Bay School in Wellington. Perry was this week presented with the NZPF Award, Service with Distinction for his exceptional contribution to the profession in leading the Boards Taking Action Coalition (BTAC).? Perry is driven by doing what is best for kids and what is best for his profession. Ethically he could not stand by and watch national standards in their flawed state become entrenched as the measure of a school?s performance. He had to act. The work Perry did in pulling together over 500 boards to publicly oppose the implementation of national standards was remarkable and had an enormous influence.? There is no doubt that without the work of Perry and his supporters, the current education reforms would be greatly more advanced. ?He is truly deserving of our recognition and now takes his place alongside a small but special group of principals who have proved worthy of this honour. Congratulations Perry!

Typical…a gold star for failing…this is why our education system is rooted…the inmates are in charge of the asylum.

League tables and the media, Ctd

I’ve blogged at length about the low-life Perry Rush, principal of Island Bay school.

This NZPF/NZEI unionist and activist has been brainwashing parents for years but failed in his nasty little campaign against National Standards.

He also failed in his sneaky campaign to take over the school trustees association.

What a surprise that none of this was mentioned?when both One and Three news?gave Rush airtime last night as a concerned principal bleating about league tables. What does he have to hide about the performance of his school? And who paid for all of his flights when he went around the country campaigning against National Standards? Surely not his school with taxpayer money?

The NZEI, PPTA and NZPF need to stop telling us?what?they oppose…we get that they know?everything?about education and we are all naughty, stupid fools for wanting information.

They need to start telling us what they WILL do to assist parents in understanding how their children are doing at school and how their school compares with other similar schools in the area.

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Whaleoil Redux 2011 – Q1

Today is the last day of the year and what a year it has been. The chaos and mayhem I created was:

January 2011 – 151 posts

The new year started with yet another case of celebrity name suppression. Martin Devlin had thrown a tanty and decided to bounce on the bonnet of his missus’ car. With the ensuing media frenzy he eventually outed himself.

I called time on the Royal NZ Ballet:

From the?latest available published accounts?for the Royal NZ Ballet.

For the 2009 year.

Ministry for Culture and?Heritage funding ? $3,959,000
Sponsorship and donations ? $2,010,000
Box office revenue ? $2,631,000
Total Revenue ?- $8,600,000

On these figures the Royal NZ Ballet bludges $1.50 for every dollar they raise in ticket sales. That?s right, you and I pay $1.50 for every $1.00 some liberal elite wanker pays to sit and watch ballet.

I interviewed Judith Collins for my Summer Series interviews. I am yet to decide if I will do another Summer series.

I outed the Albany Superette for selling P-Pipes. It subsequently was followed in the MSM days later. I next day I got my first legal threat of the year.

On January 9 I highlighted Sunday Star Times and their dodgy polling company Horizon. They never learned from that post and went on to become completely discredited with their methodology and results. It still didn’t stop Radio Live from featuring them, though I understand that Horizon actually paid Mediaworks to do it.

I drove halfway down the Napier-Taupo highway to meet Garth McVicar for my Summer Series interviews. Followed up a few days later with an interview with Trevor Mallard. I doubt he will do another. While in Wellington I also popped in for coffee with Celia Wade-Brown and talked about her victory in the local body elections.

I started asking questions about Len Brown’s 100 things in 100 days. Len Brown starts to desperately look for things to do in his 100 days. On day 79 Len Brown released 52 things he was going to do.

On January 20 I reminded Len Brown about his promise for a referendum on Maori seats. This was before the Maori Statutory Board blew up in his face:

He made this promise throughout the campaign, but has chickened out of a referendum.?On Q&A he was trying to buy himself some wriggle room.

On TVNZ?s Q & A yesterday, Mr Brown said a referendum on creating Maori seats on the council ?may well? be possible in the next three years

This blog has reminded him of his promise?here,?here?and?here.

Brian Rudman felt obliged to attack Len Brown and his failure of the 100 things in 100 days promise.

I had a beer with Chris Trotter for my Summer Series interviews. I also went to the Unite Union bunker and interviewed Matt McCarten.

I asked whether or not Labour was snooping on your emails. This story develops in later months.

I started my battle with the Teachers unions.

The good people at Kaimata Retreat get suspicious of a lying blonde tart and google Pearl Going. They subsequently contact me and I out her re-emergence as a bullshit artist.

After Phil Goff handed in his man card by dying his hair I started a series of hair do suggestions for him.

?February 2011 – 187 posts

Chris Hipkins kicked off the first SMOG of Labour with porn spam on Facebook profile.

On February 2 John Key said no to Winston Peters and set the election date.

Len Brown finally released his full list of 100 useless things he was going to do inside 100 days.

On the 6th of February Len Brown fell for the classic Michael Bloomberg train sting. Jonathan Marshall and a photographer bust Len Brown and his hypocrisy over riding the rails to work.

The pressure built on Len Brown over his little train ride double standard.

I told Nikki Kaye that she could have a gay Mardis Gras but only if the government or council didn’t pay for it.

Michael Wood announced on 11 February that he wanted to ensure that there were no penis lollies in Botany despite the fact that there were no penis lollies in Botany.

Trevor Mallard uses Red Alert to attack Jami-lee Ross as a “Tory lump of lard” and accuses him of being a “nasty piece of work”.

On February 15 I said that Carmel Sepuloni wouldn’t win in Waitakere.

On 16 February I highlighted for the first time the skulduggery that was going on in Rodney electorate for the National party selection.

It was in February that we had a rash of MSM writing articles completely unrelated to Hanover and Mark Hotchin but tied them in in either headlines or the body of the article.

The Rodney Selection skulduggery continued. At this stage it only involved a local and the electorate chair, it was however to go much deeper than this. I then outed the involvement of a former South African white supremacist in the manipulations in the Rodney selections. It took several posts to tell the story.

Having dealt with the local skulduggery in Rodney it then became apparent that that there was two separate cases of skulduggery going down. The rather inept local incident with Brent Robinson and then the involvement of the regional?hierarchy?in attempting to stack appointed delegates. The Rodney selection was then postponed.?It was to get much worse.

Serious muckraking was then deployed against Mark Mitchell. It was run by a sitting board member and involved a journalist as well. Things were getting very murky in Rodney electorate.

March 2011 – 187 posts

The Rodney selection was delayed so an audit of membership could be completed. On 4 March the selection process was cancelled and a new selection processed?launched?such was the level of skulduggery. A serious miscarriage of justice in selection was averted. The irony is the board member most deeply involved int eh murk now claims credit for halting the selection. This is hugely ironic because it was him that was visiting delegates with printouts of websites, a tactic that was later employed in Coromandel by the same board member on behalf of the same candidate.

The day after Jami-lee Ross won the Botany by-election Phil Goff claimed victory for the Labour party.

Speaking of the Labour party, I helpfully make some suggestions for their coming campaign. They ignored them. We know where that ended up.

Trevor Mallard hits a snag using email.

I leaked an email from Perry Rush of the NZPF outlining how they were going to run a?campaign?against Anne Tolley.

The very first Txts from New York.

I reviewed my Savage 17HMR from Hamills.

Victory for kids

So the last bastion of militant unionism, the teachers’ unions, have been defeated.

I see that as usual neither Radio NZ[ei] or Newstalk credited me with breaking this story yesterday.

Perry Rush of the Principals’ Federation and the extremely unimpressive Ian Leckie of NZEI were all over the radio this?morning saying this was a hollow victory for the Government, and that their battle would go on.

But this just reminds me of Arthur Scargill and the British miners marching?back to work after their strike in the early 80s. They had been beaten – and they knew it.

What has largely been forgotten about in all the Government versus unions coverage of National Standards is that this is all about fixing the fact that one in five New Zealand children can’t read, write or do maths properly.

This is a victory for parents and kids. Shame on the unions for letting them down, and trying to use them to advance their pathetic left-wing hide-the-bad-teachers philosophy.

Anne Tolley now needs to break the unions completely. THe first thing I would do is remove payroll protection for the collection of union dues. Make the unions go cap in hand to their members for their dues rather than sneak in the back door through payroll deductions.

Perry Rush and NZEI admit defeat

Via the tipline?from a sensible principal.

BTAC – nothing but a front for NZEI and the Principals’ Federation – is admitting their protest against National Standards has failed.

Perry Rush tries to save face by saying they’ll be back in the new year to try and hide information from parents. But this shower of left-wing losers must know it’s all over, having been quietly strangled by Anne Tolley.

Now the unionists face three more unhappy years at the hands of a National Government, with the NZEI on course for yet more heavy defeats. Good riddance.

Boards Taking Action Coalition

Update September 6 2011

Attention Principals and Board Chairs

Dear Colleagues

Ministry of Education imposing targets – BTAC advice
There have been recent developments in relation to the National Standards issues.? Many Boards have provided Charters to the Ministry of Education, which the Ministry has advised are non-compliant.

Boards are now receiving letters in which the Ministry imposes targets on schools, and is requiring them to include these targets in their Charters.? The usual letter requires the Board to include in its Charter the following targets :

The school will collect base-line student achievement data against National Standards for all year levels for reading, writing and mathematics.
I am also requiring you to set an aim in your Charter to build the capability of your teachers to assess progress and achievement in relation to the National Standards.


Boards are being advised by the MOE that they are required to send in a Charter to this effect to the Ministry within a specified timeframe.

BTAC has taken legal advice in relation to this issue.? The legal advice is that the Ministry is NOT able to unilaterally amend a Charter without the consent of a Board, but can require a Board to amend a Charter and to include particular content by a particular date.

The Ministry appears to have written and imposed targets unilaterally stating that they become ?active? targets on a particular date. The only action required of the Board is to submit a copy of the charter with the imposed Ministry targets included.

Therefore, we believe the Ministry has overstepped the bounds of the legislation.

However, we are further advised that the Ministry has the statutory power and legal right to ultimately force their will on Boards with respect to this policy. Continued non-compliance can be met with statutory intervention. It is BTAC?s view that this outcome would be detrimental to the significant and growing community of concern about National Standards.

At this juncture, BTAC advises that?forced compliance is the best strategy as it maintains the strong community of concern that can be brought to bear on these Standards. In addition it is a strategy that invites all Boards to register their concern without risking statutory intervention.

BTAC is not encouraging Boards to take a litigious approach at this time.? The real battle in relation to National Standards will come next year when schools are required to provide data to the Ministry of Education.? BTAC will continue to progress its opposition to National Standards, educate our school communities and the wider public as to the reasons for our opposition, and grow the community of concern. BTAC is currently working on a number of significant sector wide actions for 2012.

It is therefore suggested that Boards move to a strategy of??forced compliance? by submitting a charter to the MOE which includes the imposed targets along with a disclaimer that makes it clear the Ministry?s targets are imposed.

The disclaimer should read: ?These targets have been imposed by the Ministry of Education against the express wishes of the Board?.

Meanwhile, we will continue to communicate with you about strategies to continue to raise issues about National Standards, for the benefit of our school communities.

In summary BTAC advises Boards to respond by:

1)??? Re-submitting your charter with the Ministry?s targets included in it so that it is clear it is imposed (as suggested above), and not agreed, by your Board or school community.
2)??? Maintaining your trusted and reliable targets previously submitted and clearly differentiate these from the Ministry?s targets.
3)??? Advising in a cover letter to the Ministry that the ?imposed? charter targets as required by the Ministry does not reflect the wishes of the Board and the school community.
4)??? Explaining to your school community that the Ministry has imposed requirements in relation to National Standards and that this is contrary to the wishes of the Board.

Perry Rush
Spokesperson
Boards Taking Action Coalition
[email protected]

 

NZPF and Perry Rush

Yesterday I revealed that school principals are milking the taxpayer of $6 million a year to implement literacy and numeracy programmes ? on top of very nice salaries, thank you very much.

So that?s an extra $2000 a year each in their pocket ? while one in five kids can?t read, write or do maths.

Some of these troughers then have the audicity to say they are going to protest at MoE offices tomorrow against National Standards.

So will they hand back their $2000 perk at the same time?

These people are hiding behind school boards ? but the truth is, as repeatedly disclosed by me, that this is a front for union anti-government action and law-breaking.

Principals are safe in the knowledge that any attempt at not doing as they are told is going to result in boards getting the sack. Meanwhile the principals will continue to cream it.

First to hand back thousands of dollars, which I think should be back-dated, should be long-term agitator Perry Rush, principal of Island Bay School and NZEI/NZPF activist, who is one of the ringleaders. I?ve outed him many times.

Rush was also among a number of NZEI/NZPF activists plotting to take over the School Trustees Assocation.

Now I can reveal Rush is flying around the country with his NZEI chums spreading the anti-government message. And thanks to the sensible principal who pointed this out via the tipline.

Perry Rush on the speaking circuit?

This bullshit is nothing more than leftie job protection. They?re scared that the principals who can?t perform will be found out. And when kids leave school and can?t read and write ? tough ? give me my $2000.

What principals fear most is the Education Review Office. So I thought I’d do a bit of digging on their website. And what a pleasant surprise.?It seems the President of NZPF, and one of the biggest public haters of National Standards, Peter Simpson, has quietly implemented them so well in his school that ERO gave them a glowing review.

?Teachers have set targets to raise achievement levels in this area. At the time of this review, students were making good progress towards meeting these targets. The school is well placed to report student progress and achievement against National Standards by the end of the year.?

And

?Reports to students and parents clearly explain progress and achievement against national expectations in reading, writing and mathematics and how the parent and child can contribute to future improvements. The school is well placed to report this information to parents using national standards by the end of the year. ?

So well done Peter.

This shows what a farce this protest is. It has nothing to do with kids. It?s all about union dinosaurs who?ve gotten used to nine years of a Labour Government which was too scared to hold them to account.

Party?s over, Perry. Pay back the $2000.

Another email from Perry Rush

Another email via the tipline showing that the union organised opposition to National Standards are planning to ignore government policy and refuse to submit National Standards data to the Ministry or at the very least to submit them in a format that makes things difficult. Worse they are?inciting?more schools to essentially break the law:
Email from Perry Rush

Perry?Rush is, of course, the principal of Island Bay School in Wellington, and was among a number of principals plotting to take over?the School Trustees Association.?- along with the likes of?Labour candidate Pat Newman, Auckland’s Iain Taylor,?the NZEI’s Frances Nelson and the infamous Marlene Campbell, who called Anne Tolley “Hitler”.

An email exchange shows principals involved in a boycott of the standards discussed “dealing with” the New Zealand School Trustees Association.

“The easiest way is for us to quietly take over regional organisations of NZSTA … Just imagine NZSTA run by principals!” an email written by Hora Hora School principal Pat Newman states.

Mr Newman is former president of the Principals’ Federation and the immediate past president of the Tai Tokerau Principals Association.

He is one of two Labour Party members vying for selection to stand as the Labour candidate in Whangarei next year.

His email was sent to, among others, Denise Torrey, president of the Canterbury Primary Principals Association; Frances Nelson, president of the national primary teachers’ union; Iain Taylor, president of the Auckland Primary Principals Association, and Perry Rush, Island Bay School principal.

Marlene Campbell, principal of Invercargill’s Salford School and a member of the Southland Primary Principals Association executive, which this week called Education Minister Anne Tolley “Minister Hitler”, was also a recipient. All have been vocal critics of the national standards.

Mr Taylor responded to Mr Newman’s August 20 email with: “Oh that the go!! Great thinking … loved ya email to her too … man she awful!!” Mr Taylor was referring to NZSTA president Lorraine Kerr, who has refused to criticise or fully endorse the standards.

So you can see the calibre of the company he keeps……

These guys however just keep on repeating lies – and hope lazy journalists pick up on them. So the stuff about flaws is crap – as is Standards failing overseas – they have never been introduced overseas. (Standard testing has – ie one test on one day -?but that’s not what National’s policy is implementing – here in New Zealand we are monitoring kids throughout the year.) We know that it is all crap because the union is hiring a useful idiot to conduct “independent”?research to confirm their lies.

There’s no doubt this is a political campaign, with Perry Rush?and other principals trying to dupe and bully boards into signing off on something they probably don’t understand – while trusting their principals to be professional.

Rush has constantly exagerrated the numbers he has?backing him – and this is yet another petty protest as he knows he is getting no traction whatsoever in the media.

BUT what Perry Rush doesn’t tell the boards – and?this is the bit that readers will appreciate – if schools don’t set targets against Standards, the Ministry won’t have the info to target funding for the kids and schools which need it. So they will miss out on millions in resourcing, and kids in these schools will continue to fail – all because of politics. Parents will then be demanding an explanation from their school. They should be demanding an?explanation?fromt heir schools now about why they are trying to circumvent government policy that could well affect future funding.

Also – schools which don’t set targets won’t have access to professional development for their teachers – which is worth about $80 million a year.

Of course, the other reason they?don’t want to set targets is that communities will then find out which principals/teachers aren’t up to scratch – and again parents will, rightly, demand answers.

Both NZEI and the Principals’ Federation flounced out of the independent advisory group which was set up to address concerns. Of course they are only interested in union members – not kids. They honestly believe Labour will win the election and they can go back to the bad old days where parents were kept in the dark about how their kids are doing in school.

They’ve never forgiven Anne Tolley for introducing this without them giving the OK – and now the unions can’t get their voice heard and it’s killing them.

By the way – these are primary school kids – they don’t pass or fail – it’s only by identifying which kids are struggling that they can be given additional support so they can read, write and do maths properly. A lot of schools already say they know which kids are struggling – which begs the question – what the hell have they been doing about it?

Time to smash the Teachers Unions, all of them, hard

The Dompost shows the very great lengths that the Tweetchers and Principals are prepared to go to to control the sector.

A group of rebel principals plotted to “quietly take over” an association representing 90 per cent of school boards in an effort to overwhelm the national standards debate, leaked emails suggest.

An email exchange shows principals involved in a boycott of the standards discussed “dealing with” the New Zealand School Trustees Association.

“The easiest way is for us to quietly take over regional organisations of NZSTA … Just imagine NZSTA run by principals!” an email written by Hora Hora School principal Pat Newman states.

Mr Newman is former president of the Principals’ Federation and the immediate past president of the Tai Tokerau Principals Association.

He is one of two Labour Party members vying for selection to stand as the Labour candidate in Whangarei next year.

His email was sent to, among others, Denise Torrey, president of the Canterbury Primary Principals Association; Frances Nelson, president of the national primary teachers’ union; Iain Taylor, president of the Auckland Primary Principals Association, and Perry Rush, Island Bay School principal.

Marlene Campbell, principal of Invercargill’s Salford School and a member of the Southland Primary Principals Association executive, which this week called Education Minister Anne Tolley “Minister Hitler”, was also a recipient. All have been vocal critics of the national standards.

Mr Taylor responded to Mr Newman’s August 20 email with: “Oh that the go!! Great thinking … loved ya email to her too … man she awful!!” Mr Taylor was referring to NZSTA president Lorraine Kerr, who has refused to criticise or fully endorse the standards.

The organisation they wanted to infiltrate and take over by stealth is the same organisation that reminded Borads of Trustees that they were now to pass any school funds on to the illegal boycott of National Standards. No wonder the Labour member activist?Principals?wanted to take it over.

While Labour candidate presumptive Pat Newman thinks that it is all much ado about nothing his vast protest against the implementation of government policy seems to be unravelling before their very eyes. With leak after leak of documents showing their meddling, their nicking of state funding to pay for the protest and the outright lies of their cause, is it any surprise then that we find out that a third of the schools that Pat Newman and his fellow conspirators have declared to be in their cabal, aren’t, in fact.

Nearly a third of the schools that said they had no confidence in National Standards have told the Ministry of Education they do in fact plan to implement the controversial scheme.

A group called Boards Taking Action Coalition said last week that the trustees from 225 schools around the country had issued a vote of no confidence in National Standards. As a result those schools would refuse to set student achievements targets for next year until the system was reviewed.

The next day the ministry starting contacting all of the protesting schools’ boards of trustees to check the claim.

The Herald has learned 66 of the 225 coalition boards indicated their schools planned to implement the standards in full. A further 109 said they would take some form of action or were yet to decide if they would implement the standards in full. Fifty schools are yet to be contacted.

The ministry yesterday said it could not comment as it had not finished making all the calls.

So this means that the cabal of conspirators are in fact big fat liars. Worse thing is that these people are in charge of teaching our children.

I think it is high time that there was a general smacking around of the teacher and?principal?unions. They certainly shouldn’t be able to avail themselves of taxpayers funds to mount their protests.

While we are smacking about uppity teachers, i see that the Herald has also picked up that Marlene Campbell just can’t seem to say sorry like she means it. If there was any case for the sacking of a?Principal?it is her case, and I would put a commissioner into her school, along with Perry Rush’s and Pat Newman’s.