Teachers' union against charter schools
Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:04a.m.
By 3 News online staff
The Government's new charter schools scheme means the first sponsored schools are likely to open in 18 months.
They'll be given unprecedented flexibility and won't have to employ registered teachers, but the teachers’ union is critical, saying the scheme will "fail the children".
The New Zealand Education Institute is holding public meetings with parents this week.
West Auckland branch president Anna Lee calls the scheme "appalling".
“I was really shocked in the last week talking to quite a number of parents, they weren’t just interested in charter schools, they were really annoyed and some people [were] quite angry, which surprised me,” she told Firstline this morning.
“It’s not only making a profit, but it’s taking money away from our public schools.”
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22/08/2012 3:22:57 p.m.
Dianne Khan wrote:
Charter schools have been shown worldwide not to work to improve children's educations. Stamford Unieristy's study in 2009 showed that 46% of Charter Schools were no better than the public schools in the area, and 37% were worse. Only 17% were better and they cherry picked students who would perform well on tests. How will that help our most disadvantaged children? The truth is, it won't, and the whole thing is just a way for people to make money.
22/08/2012 1:20:50 p.m.
Backward thinking from a backward government. Next they will be having us all grow corn in the back yard and riding to work in a pony and trap bible in hand! Hallelujah brother - praise be the lord
22/08/2012 11:31:33 a.m.
When religion becomes a part of the 'Public' sector, questions need to be asked and answers need to be given. There are many religious schools within NZ, but (to my knowledge) are privately funded. If charter schools are going to be govt funded and run by 'cults'/religious based organisations then where do average NZders have their say?? Charter schools will see NZ children fail at an even more accelerated rate than what they are now. National govt is sacrificing these childrens futures in a bid to save money??? This kind of thinking is flawed.
22/08/2012 6:34:24 a.m.
Charles Eggen wrote:
The only winners with charter schools are the owners of the schools. On average, the teachers are paid less, the students learn less and the community pays more.
21/08/2012 4:55:29 p.m.
Funding will of course be allocated to airy fairy cults like Destiny church and the exclusive Brethren.
Mind you National does owe the exclusive Brethren a favour or two.
Regardless of the fact that its a cult as is Destiny church.
21/08/2012 4:34:29 p.m.
These teachers can't do simple arithmatic. If a charter school replace a public school, then the allocated money goes to the charter school, not to the non-existant school, and certainly not given to other public schools. Don't need a qualified teacher to figure that out.
21/08/2012 2:52:03 p.m.
Charter Schools will be big sink hole for tax payer funded religous schools. The ACT party is suppose to be against tax payer funded privatisation that the CS system of funding requires. Religions dont pay tax but can now put their snouts in our hard earned money. They also have enough to also fund there own political parties, what a gype. ACT should disband itself as it nolonger even represents its own constitution, theres a word for and organisation that misrepresents their ideals. What a gype.
21/08/2012 11:51:31 a.m.
Ohhhh who'd have thunk it?, Teachers Union against something new...whooo headline grabbing news that!, is this a first for this Union?
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