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Charter schools mess – what a surprise

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, February 21st, 2015 - 193 comments

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One of National’s first five charter schools is a failure, and applications for new charter schools have been cancelled. Who could have predicted such a mess? Just about everybody…

Novopay cost us $45 million

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, February 19th, 2015 - 102 comments

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It was announced yesterday that Novopay has cost the country $45 million more than intended. The Ministry of Education has accepted some responsibility but in terms of ultimate responsibility the Ministers involved, English, Parata and Foss should be held to blame.

Charter Schools: F

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, December 4th, 2014 - 45 comments

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So despite the vast amount more funding (5x more per pupil) to charter schools, 1 of the 5 first, Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru, is failing abysmally.

The Government has previously said that all their problems were fixed, or being fixed – but they clearly aren’t.

Prove It

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 pm, December 3rd, 2014 - 28 comments

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So John Key reckons the decile 1 & 2 principals he talks to say that hardly any kids at their school need lunch. Campbell Live & Kids Can seem to only find school principals who say that lots of kids need lunch. So maybe John Key can name these mythical decile 1 & 2 schools that are doing so well. And then when he gets shown up again, maybe National can move to support Hone’s Food in Schools Bill.

Local Bodies: Whale Oil and Tolley Attacked Principals and Myself

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 pm, September 4th, 2014 - 25 comments

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The stench of National’s dirty politics is reeking like decayed blubber. Today it appears that Anne Tolley appears to have used Cameron Slater  to attack critics of their flawed education policies. The question is how much taxpayers funds did the ministers use on their vindictive support for the countries most despicable ‘blogger’?

NRT: Breach of contract

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 pm, August 1st, 2014 - 9 comments

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When National set up charter schools, they promised that they would be more accountable, and that contracts were a better means of enforcing standards than the usual school system. That works only if they’re enforced. NZ First has shown that at least one school is completely in violation of at least one part of their contract. So is the National government enforcing a contract? Yeah right….

Local Bodies: Novopay Exemplifies National’s Governance

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, July 31st, 2014 - 26 comments

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This National led Government is strong on ideology, weak on process and reluctant to accept responsibility. The Novopay debacle exemplifies all of these well. When questioned about Novopay, National Ministers will never accept full responsibility. Stephen Joyce has just announced that the Government will be taking over the management of Novopay after almost two years of stress and wide-ranging issues. No matter what National and its Ministers claim, Novopay is largely their fault, and taking responsibility and making apologies are not what this Government does readily.

The education debate

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 pm, July 7th, 2014 - 58 comments

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Education has become a major election issue.  And after Labour’s announcements at this weekend’s congress there is a stark divide, between the enrichment of the few or the advancement of the many.

Polity: A clear choice on education

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, July 7th, 2014 - 144 comments

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One of the most prominent battlegrounds in this election campaign will be education. Both large parties know our kids deserve better than the two-tier education system we currently have. Both have clear, costed plans they think can help. And now the public can choose. Actions, of course, speak louder than words. Both John Key and Bill English have chosen to send their own kids to private schools. Asked why John Key said  “Their schools have smaller class sizes and are better resourced than most state schools.”.

Imperator Fish: In the Beehive today

Written By: - Date published: 12:14 pm, July 7th, 2014 - 5 comments

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This post was put up at Imperator Fish on Sunday evening. It looks like Hekia Parata was following Scott’s script today. :)

Sure we need a better class of wingnut commenter, as is frequently suggested here. However surely it is more important that we get a better quality of government minister than ones who think that evidence based policies means only the evidence about how well their party is doing in the polls?

A quick note to John Key

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, July 7th, 2014 - 43 comments

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Remember when John Key explained why he sends his children to private schools….. and now the Nats and Parata are saying that such advantages don’t work for all Kiwis.

Labour addressing digital divide

Written By: - Date published: 11:24 am, July 5th, 2014 - 135 comments

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What stands out for me in the part of Labour’s education policy announced today, is the deliberate intent to make sure that all kids wind up with a personal network capable device both at school and home, and access to the net. At present we don’t. Much of the “voluntary” donations in schools is for computer equipment that kids need to learn from, but is not paid for by the state funding of schools. I was fortunate in that I started computing in 1976. Everyone needs that education now so they can pay for my retirement..

Labour will end the farce of “voluntary” school donations

Written By: - Date published: 1:40 pm, July 2nd, 2014 - 188 comments

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Labour’s latest education policy announcement is fair, practical, and an answer to my (childhood) prayers.

Local Bodies: Teaching Profession Rejects Parata’s Plans

Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, June 11th, 2014 - 78 comments

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Classroom teachers, the New Zealand Educational Institute, the New Zealand Principal’s Federation and education academics have all strongly rejected the Government’s proposed $359 million Investment into Education Success (IES). All believe that this substantial amount of money will not produce the results that the Education Minister claims and would be better spent elsewhere.

Green Party conference – focus on policies

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 31st, 2014 - 74 comments

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It’s the Green Party Conference this weekend.  Metiria Turei was on RNZ yesterday morning, talking about how the main focus for the conference will be on policies.  Speeches will be streamed live online from the conference today & tomorrow. Update: summary of today’s speeches. Healthy Teens policy.

LB: EDUCANZ, Professionalism and Politics

Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, April 17th, 2014 - 8 comments

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We now have a Ministry of Education that is under the beck and call of the Minister, and where political ideology determines policy, and shortly we will have a new Teachers Council that will be governed only by political appointees. Under a National led Government, teachers will lose any professional independence and become classroom technicians that have to support politically prescribed programmes and data collection. Anyone want a career in teaching?

Walking the talk – protests Sat 29 March

Written By: - Date published: 2:07 pm, March 28th, 2014 - 63 comments

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Tomorrow Today: Support the important Day of Action across NZ against the TPPA – the TPPA is anti-democratic, pro-corporate & will make life harder for ordinary Kiwis; Support the NZEI demonstrations in Auckland & Wellington, for a living wage, for an excellent public education system, against poverty that undermines education. [Update: photos & reports]

LB: The Destruction of New Zealand’s Public Education System

Written By: - Date published: 3:11 pm, March 27th, 2014 - 20 comments

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In 2008 New Zealand was internationally ranked in the top seven for educational achievement, and when you compared us with other countries that were also culturally diverse and were experiencing growing inequality we were extremely successful. A National led Government was elected and New Zealand’s public education system came under heavy attack… Hekia Parata continues this.

Hekia Parata wants to punish poor schools

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, March 17th, 2014 - 45 comments

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Yesterday Hekia Parata floated the idea that funding of schools should be based on measuring the periodic change in academic standards.  This is a retrograde proposal which almost inevitably would penalise poor schools and worsen educational standards for many.  Today she has been trying to dampen down the idea and has emphasised that it will not be considered until after the next election.  A better reason to vote this Government out I cannot imagine.

LB: Executive Principals and National’s Education Dystopia

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, February 27th, 2014 - 18 comments

School Children

When John Key announced the Government’s plan of spending a whopping $359 million on education it was received with a sort of stunned incredulity. The problem is that few conservative governments understand education and the value of professional knowledge and the treatment of the Christchurch schools revealed a total disregard of the importance of communities.

LB: Rich Schools, Poor Schools

Written By: - Date published: 3:33 pm, February 14th, 2014 - 6 comments

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Local bodies makes points about the changes in the school system over the years. The nett effect over decades has been to force the inter-generational inequality that a good school system is meant to prevent. The type of school system that this government favours appears to be designed to remove the opportunities for those whose parents aren’t lucky. Is it time to start again?

Herding Cats: Leadership, authoritarianism and Nationals “education”? policy

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, February 14th, 2014 - 79 comments

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Not the bright young man who has to be paid a million dollars to come to work. The new broom,  who fixes what ain’t broke, cost cuts, asset strips, takes his share options, and leaves.
Just what schools need. More of this approach.

Some random observations on Key’s Education proposals

Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, January 24th, 2014 - 64 comments

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The first impression created by National’s announced education reforms is a positive one. But there is a lot of politics in the background. It may be strange for a lefty to say this but is this the best spend of finite education resources? Would the money be better spent addressing child poverty?

What the Hekia happened to our education standards?

Written By: - Date published: 4:22 pm, December 3rd, 2013 - 112 comments

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The latest OECD report on educational performance for 15 year olds shows a significant drop in New Zealand’s relative standing.  What the Hekia is going on?

Hekia Parata needs new lawyers

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, October 10th, 2013 - 29 comments

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For the second time in less than 12 months the High Court has ruled a decision of Hekia Parata’s to be invalid.  The latest decision to be invalidated was the decision to close Phillipstown School in Christchurch.  It is clear that either Parata needs better advisors or John Key needs a new Minister of Education.

Cheap and nasty

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, August 17th, 2013 - 36 comments

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Having been burned by the cheapest tender and the leaky building fiasco, the Nats say that they have now worked out that the cheapest tender is not necessarily the best. (Brilliant eh?) If only it was true that they had really learned the lesson…

National standards nonsense

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, June 12th, 2013 - 34 comments

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If there was a national standard in scientific method than the right wing spinsters talking up yesterday’s national standards results would all fail it.

Charter schools have no future

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, June 5th, 2013 - 66 comments

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The charter schools legislation passed its final reading last night. Labour and the Greens declare that charter schools have no future in this country…

Christchurch schools for sale

Written By: - Date published: 10:32 am, June 4th, 2013 - 16 comments

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Recently closed Christchurch schools, which according to the Nats don’t have the student base and/or are too quake damaged to keep running, are going to be sold off for purposes including – charter schools.

Nats split on food in schools?

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 am, May 29th, 2013 - 87 comments

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Does food in schools show up a split in National between the hardline conservatives who would leave kids hungry in the name of parental responsibility, and pragmatists who will swallow a dead rat every now and again in an attempt to stay popular?

Better than nothing

Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, May 28th, 2013 - 156 comments

Oliver-Twist

The government’s expansion of the KickStart breakfast programme is better than nothing – but that’s about all you can say about it.

Priorities: $9.5 Million over 5 years to feed hungry kids – but in 2012 just 4 private schools got $10.9 Million.

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