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Resounding no to charter schools from New Zealand and New Orleans

19 February 2013

There is no educational or financial justification for charter schools, only a cynically political one, PPTA president Angela Roberts says.

Roberts, who will be presenting PPTA's submission on the Education Amendment Bill to the Education and Science Select Committee tomorrow, said the only reason for charter schools to proceed was the single vote the Epsom electorate supplied.

"If the Act Party and its wealthy backers really believe they have the silver bullet for addressing educational underachievement, they should have the confidence to fund the experiment themselves and not demand full taxpayer funding while trying to evade accountability for spending it," she said.

Also presenting to the committee tomorrow will be Karran Harper Royal, a New Orleans parent activist who has seen first-hand the damage charter schools did to her community after Hurricane Katrina.

Harper Royal is in Auckland at present  - with support from opposition parties and PPTA - and will share the real story of the "cruel hoax" of charter schools in the US at a public meeting for parents at Kia Aroha College from 6pm tonight.

Letters to Hekia Parata and Steven Joyce regarding Novopay

The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) has written to the Minister in charge of school payroll Steven Joyce, Minister of Education Hekia Parata and acting Secretary for Education Peter Hughes suggesting some mechanisms that could provide recompense and support for schools.

The list includes:

financial compensation for schools via the operations grant,

additional tagged support-staff time so teachers get back to teaching and principals back to leading learning;

extra time for senior managers who have had to put their professional responsibilities on hold to focus on Novopay and a one-off special leave provision for principals who have been working all hours, gratis, for Talent2.

It also calls for the employment of more trained staff at the Novopay call centres with each school having an identified contact person;

the provision of EAP (employee assistance programmes) for staff suffering from stress

and compensation for interest, penalty payments and tax incurred by teachers and schools.

Download pdf Letter to Steven Joyce

Download pdf Letter to Hekia Parata

Enough talk "“ Novopay rescue package needed now

8 February 2013

While investigations are being launched into who is responsible for the Novopay payroll disaster "“ schools, students, principals and administration staff are buckling under the pressure of a broken payroll system.

PPTA is urgently calling for a rescue package to support the education sector while the Novopay mess is sorted out, president Angela Roberts says.

"In an ideal world the system would be replaced tomorrow with something that works effectively "“ but realistically, even with a technical review underway, that is not going to happen. If reality dictates schools must endure until the payroll system is repaired or replaced then we must ensure they, their personnel and students do not bear the brunt of a situation not of their own making."

It was unacceptable that resources, time and funding were being drained from the core functions of schools and that the focus of senior managers and teachers was being constantly directed away from teaching and learning, Roberts said.

"At this time of year teachers and principals should be concentrating on settling their cohort of students in. It is not right that students' education should suffer because of this."

In consultation with principals and senior managers PPTA is writing to minister in charge of school payroll Steven Joyce and acting secretary for education Peter Hughes suggesting some mechanisms that could provide recompense and support for schools.

Public response to charter school threat overwhelming

charter school poster fig leaf24 January 2013

New Zealand's education unions have been overwhelmed by an outpouring of submissions against the National/Act charter school experiment.

More than 1700 online submissions have been received by PPTA and NZEI, around 800 of which included substantial written additions. This was on top of the hundreds of individual submissions the organisations were aware of.

Both unions will meet at 1.30pm today to combine submissions to present to the education and science select committee.

PPTA president Robin Duff said the association was pleased to be able to alert the public to a submission date deliberately scheduled to pass them by.

He was delighted with the response to the PPTA charter school advertising campaign "“ which generated more than 1000 submissions in 10 days.

"It shows the New Zealand public is deeply concerned about the shoddy way this seems to be driven through ideologically without proper consultation," he said.

Charter schools: "Teaching? There's nothing to it," he says.

Charter school submission advertisement2 Jan 2013

The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) opposes the National and Act deal to dismantle New Zealand's public education system by introducing charter schools and allowing our children to be taught by unqualified unregistered teachers.

Have your say and make a submission on the Education Amendment Bill 2012.

Submissions have now closed

Link to PPTA webpage More information about charter schools

Oppose the National Act charter school deal

Charter school figleaf advertisement

The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) opposes the National and Act deal to dismantle New Zealand's public education system by introducing charter schools.

Have your say and make a submission on the Education Amendment Bill 2012.

Submissions have now closed

Link to PPTA webpage More information about making a submission on charter schools

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