Destroying the School Trustees Association

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, July 24th, 2010 - 5 comments
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The NZSTA is supposed to represent its members – School Boards of Trustees. Instead they have become little more than a conduit of Minister Tolley’s National Standards propaganda. Tolley was full or praise for President Lorraine Kerr at the recent NZSTA conference – what a surprise! Meanwhile the members are not so happy that are being represented by a group pandering to the government with little regard to Schools they they pretend to represent and who pay an annual subscription to have them do so.

Now some proverbial chickens have come home to roost with the conference failing to attract enough delegates to consider their business and vote on remits. Congratulations Mrs Kerr and friends you have effectively ended the School Trustees Association

5 comments on “Destroying the School Trustees Association”

  1. Dan 1

    I am not surprised.
    On what basis does the government justify spending $1million on an incompetent head office who have parrotted National party policy for years. What is of even greater concern is that a head office STA functionary does most of the talking at the current negotiations with teachers. Is it any wonder the parent trustees and teachers are grumpy!
    The government is keen to have parents unhappy with teachers when in fact they have a very good record working together. The NACTs want bulkfunding, but teachers and most parents do not as they see the total unfairness of funding schools on the basis of age/experience of teachers: those with the most inexpereinced get the most dollars.

  2. BLiP 2

    dox plox

  3. ASA 3

    As a school principal I have come to view the School Trustees Association with complete disdain. I don’t know who they represent, but in my involvement with BOTs over 20 years, I have not yet worked with a BOT, let alone individual members, who felt that NZSTA represented their views. It is time that BOTs across the country voted with their feet by refusing to join this non-representative organisation who run their own agendas, not the needs and wishes of parents across the country.

  4. luke 4

    they have 2million in the bank and 96% of schools pay voluntary fees to join the NZSTA. they spend nearly a million per year on salaries, the govt gives them nearly 2 mill per year so they have to tow the party line. my beef is with schools and principals who pay a voluntary membership therefore giving them a mandate to represent schools who obviously like them (or they wouldn’t give them $1000 per annum). SO if you really want democracy shut Lorraine Kerr down by not paying your membership – you still get the membership privilidges from the money the moE give STA. if 6% of schools payed voluntary membership they would be 1 mill out of pocket per annum. stop moaning and do something about it

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