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Recent PPTA press/media releases.

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Yet another ‘fail’ for charter schools

 8 December 2016

Teachers in public schools are not surprised to hear that the success rates being touted by charter schools are not true at all.

PPTA president Angela Roberts says, “Charter schools are a bad idea, for a multitude of reasons, but to hear that their so-called success rates are not based on fair measures is disheartening.”

“We question why the government put in place a different system for measuring student success for charter schools in the first place.”

Yesterday’s PISA results demonstrated yet again that countries that push policies of competition and privatisation in education fail to achieve at the levels of countries that support their public education systems.

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Corporate online schools a terrible idea

23 November 2016


International expert on virtual and charter schools, Professor Gary Miron says it would be a terrible mistake for New Zealand to allow private entities to own and run online schools.

“Online learning is an important education tool for students. I’m not against online schools at all, but years of research and evaluation show that students achieve better results when that learning takes place in a public school setting,” Professor Miron says.

“Full-time virtual schools are the fastest growing form of school choice in the USA. Research on online schools has revealed that they have serious problems, such as extremely high student attrition and very poor results.”

“When private entities and corporations are invited into the education sector they do what they are built to do; make profits for themselves. Privately owned online schools are akin to invasive species. They are introduced into a new setting where they thrive because they have no predators and no checks and balances.”

“New Zealand already has high quality and innovative online education within the state school system; growing and developing those resources may be the best way forward.”

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Demise of bulk funding 'a win for educators and students'

18 November 2016

PPTA and NZEI Te Riu Roa congratulate the Minister of Education and Cabinet for making the right decision to reject bulk funding of schools.

NZEI President Louise Green and PPTA President Angela Roberts say taking bulk funding off the table is a big win for public education and for the thousands of teachers and school support staff who united in unprecedented numbers at more than 50 union meetings around the country in September.

PPTA President Angela Roberts says parents and educators had rejected bulk funding because they realised it was a cost cutting tool that would force schools to make trade-offs between hiring teachers and other costs. Thousands of parents signed postcards to the Minister calling for better funding, not bulk funding during a national roadshow organised by the two unions earlier this term.

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MPs: please vote to abolish charter schools today

9 November 2016

Teachers around the country are hopeful MPs will look at the evidence and vote in parliament today to abolish charter schools.

PPTA president Angela Roberts says, “Charter schools are not needed in Aotearoa New Zealand. We already have a public education system that is responsive to local communities and can provide quality teaching and learning to all students.”

“We urge MPs to look at the multitude of evidence that shows how charter schools undermine education, taking much needed resources away from our students in public schools, and vote to end them.”

“One charter school has already failed and others are consistently over-funded and under-achieving. The taxpayer money being poured into them would be much better spent on our kura and public schools.” Ms Roberts says.

 

Contact: PPTA president Angela Roberts – 04 913 4227, 021 806 337 

Illegal employment practices

28 September 2016

Only 15 percent of new graduates being employed in permanent positions upon leaving study, with many more being forced to accept illegal contracts says the Post Primary Teachers Association.

A paper presented today at the PPTA annual conference shows that schools are relying more and more on fixed-term and part time contracts. The use of fixed term contracts without genuine reason and repeated fixed term contracts is illegal.

“Schools often don’t know what their funding will be from year to year, and sometimes even from term to term, and they are using fixed term contracts as a way to manage funding. Sometimes they use fixed term contracts as a way to illegally “trial” new teachers. Whatever the reason, the result is a new class of teachers who have no secure income,” PPTA president Angela Roberts said.

“Too many beginning teachers are finding themselves graduating into a ‘career-less’ work environment. When teachers have no stable or predictable income it can negatively affect their personal and professional life.”

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Leadership roles in schools vacant due to work overload and stress

28 September 2016

Schools are facing a chronic shortage of middle leaders with over 40 percent of teachers reporting not wanting to take up the roles due to high workload and inadequate compensation.

“Curriculum leaders are an essential part of every school team but unfortunately the demands being placed on the role are making the role undesirable and untenable,” PPTA president Angela Roberts said.

“If the Minister of Education wants middle leaders to take on performance appraisals, changes in digital technology, NCEA quality assurance, data management and board of trustee reporting – just to name a few of the tasks expected – she needs to make sure there is good support and compensation for these extra responsibilities.”

“We would like to see these roles well supported, so our many talented teachers have an opportunity to use their skills for the benefit of schools, young people and their own careers.”

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