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Charter school ‘pilot’ fooling no one

20 May 2016   

Assurances that ACT’s charter school experiment was just a pilot have been proven false with this afternoon’s announcement of seven new charter schools.

PPTA president Angela Roberts was surprised a new round of charter schools were being opened when New Zealand tax payers had been promised the concept would be a trial.

With a poorly conducted evaluation of the existing schools lukewarm about their efficacy opening more did not make sense, she said.

“There are still a lot of questions to be answered.”

“We have been constantly reassured there would be just a handful of schools which would be robustly evaluated – both of those claims have been proved false,” she said.

“This is not a pilot, it is just a sop to the ACT party’s ideological commitment to favouring the private over the public sector.”

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Area school teachers to vote on settlement

13 April 2016     

PPTA and NZEI Te Riu Roa have settled the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement (ASTCA) – subject to members ratifying it early next term.

The settlement includes a 2% salary increase each year for the first two years and an average of 2.5% for a third.

The pay increases will be backdated to 2 March with two further annual increases on that date in 2017 and 2018.

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Charter school authorisation board should be sacked

Grey and white students run down school picture

28 January 2016     

A cohort of students is now collateral damage due to the incompetence of the charter school authorisation board, says PPTA president Angela Roberts.

Today’s termination of Whangaruru’s Te Pūmanawa o te Wairua charter school agreement was predicted two years ago. As well as the range of concerns pointed out by PPTA, the Ministry of Education had warned the authorisation board of the potential fragility of the school, Roberts said.

Those concerns were rebranded as ‘challenges’ in Education Minister Hekia Parata’s media release today. They included;
•    heavy reliance on third parties to take it forward
•    lack of internal capability
•    the difficulty of attracting suitably qualified teaching staff to Whangaruru; and
•    concerns over whether a viable student base exists for the kura

“These are not ‘challenges’. They were pointed out a long time ago.”

“The authorisation board went blithely on with the support of both the education minister and ACT leader David Seymour. It was negligent use of power,” Roberts said.

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Valuing teachers

Secondary teachers' collective agreement ratified

29 October 2015

PPTA members have ratified their new Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA).

The settlement is effective immediately and includes a 2% salary increase each year for two years and an average of 2.5% for a third.

The Ministry of Education has also agreed to pay members’ Education Council practising certificate fees for three years, increase the number of secondary sabbaticals, increase some allowances and resolve a longstanding coverage issue.

None of the ministry’s claims to reduce conditions were accepted.

The ministry had also committed to a serious investigation into improving working conditions for teachers, PPTA president Angela Roberts said.

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Implacable opposition to charter schools continues


30 September 2015

PPTA members stand against charter schools was reinforced this afternoon in an update on the association’s fight against the unwelcome experiment.

In his presentation of the charter schools paper PPTA executive member Austen Pageau described the decision made by the association in 2013 to stand in opposition to charter schools as ‘implacable’.

It was not a decision that was made lightly and followed much robust debate.
“It was a position we took to protect our profession and the public good which is public education,” he said.

Charter schools were an American import and American arguments were being used to justify their inclusion in the New Zealand system, Pageau said.

“We don’t have American public schools. I have been to American public schools, I’ve taught in New Zealand schools. They are apples and oranges.”

Charter schools claimed to be a solution to a “one size fits all public system” that didn’t actually exist, Pageau said.

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