PPTA President Jack Boyle

Face of the day

PPTA president Jack Boyle

 

Today’s face of the day is GLOATING at the destruction of Partnership schools as promised in Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ press release yesterday.

Charter school removal a great day – PPTA

[…] PPTA president Jack Boyle said the decision to include the removal of charters schools in Education Amendment Bill marked a great day for public schools and their communities.

[…] We don’t need charter schools for innovation,” he said.

Boyle gave credit to the Labour-led government for following through on their promises in good time.

[…] New Zealand can lead the world with real investment and support for public education, he said.

“This is a really positive sign.”

If you agree with me that’s nice, but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo, look between the lines and do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

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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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