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"The National government is preparing to throw large sums of taxpayer cash at charter schools even before legislation allowing for them has been passed into law, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“Documents released today make it clear that National is putting the funding needs of charter schools ahead of public schools.

“Not only will charter schools get money for setup costs, they will get property funding that their private sector backers will be able to keep should the school fold."

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Support Christchurch - An NZ-wide Day of Action - NZEI Update

NZEI Press Release

 

Christchurch Day of Action - 19th Feb 2013

 

Please support our colleagues in Christchurch. We need to ensure that the Government understands that it must put children’s learning first. For those of ...

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One Teacher's Perspective: Along with Learning, Let's Measure Love!

One Teacher's Perspective: Along with Learning, Let's Measure Love! | SOSNZ News Scoop | Scoop.it

I hail from Mark Twain country. Thus, a little satire for this week's posting.

With Valentine’s Day nearing, my family just took its annual love survey.  

Using a privately-run, publicly-funded love rating system--my family members and I rate our love for one another using a scale of 1 to 5. While the surveys are done individually and anonymously, the answers are compiled collectively and the results are shared publicly.

In a spirit of transparency, I am proud to report that the family love meter reading comes in this year at an impressive 4.37. This is a rebound from last year’s dip to 4.28, but short of our all-time love meter high of 4.76 in 2011.

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Our terrible likely future set out
By Kelvin Smythe

Our terrible likely future set out

 

This morning on national radio, John Gerritsen set out, using official papers from Treasury obtained under the Official Information Act, our likely terrible education future.

 

Yesterday I announced a series of booklets dedicated to the bravery of so many schools in opposing national standards and said the booklets were an expression of love – but then added that love was not enough and that if we didn’t act decisively, unitedly, and with philosophic coherence, we faced a dismal future.


In an article in the first booklet I reported on a 1989 research conference in which Ivan Snook said that that it was ‘a major tragedy of the 1970s that while the Left convinced us that ideas are relatively powerless, the Right was getting ready to prove how powerful ideas could be....."

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Staff called up to fix Novopay problems - Education - NZ Herald News

Staff called up to fix Novopay problems - Education - NZ Herald News | SOSNZ News Scoop | Scoop.it
A hotline for teachers needing emergency payments has been set up to head off problems expected with the first big pay run of the school year today.
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The Novopay BIM - The Dim Post

The Novopay BIM - The Dim Post | SOSNZ News Scoop | Scoop.it
"TVNZ and Radio New Zealand have done a couple of stories reporting on the leaked Briefing to the Incoming Minister (BIM) which the Ministry of Education supplied to Steven Joyce about the Novopay ...
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The Parents, The Politician and The Moneymakers - A warning for NZ schools

The Parents, The Politician and the Carpetbagger is a short film that follows parents and teachers from Downhills School, England as they try to stop Education secretary, Michael Gove, forcing thei...
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Downward mobility haunts US education

Downward mobility haunts US education | SOSNZ News Scoop | Scoop.it
An integral part of the American Dream is under threat - as "downward mobility" seems to be threatening the education system in the United States.
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Concern over academy admissions

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Proposed changes to a Solihull academy's admissions policy prompts the formation of an online protest.
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UK charter schools and academies are causing controversy again

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Support Christchurch Schools

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It's a simple thing to do but a huge gesture of support. Rally your co-workers, why not get your whole school or workplace on board? Show you care. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ...
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Fingers Crossed

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So, the cunningly-timed submission period on the Education reform Bill is over.  Our chance to respond to ACT’s ridiculous plan for charter schools at an  end.  NZEI and PPTA are pleased with...
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Just How Bad Does The Education Minister Have To Be Before She Is Sent Packing?

Just How Bad Does The Education Minister Have To Be Before She Is Sent Packing? | SOSNZ News Scoop | Scoop.it
Just how utterly incompetent (not to mention offensively rude) (oh and dodgy) does someone have to be to be ousted into the netherworld by John Key? Oh wait, they have kept Banksy around, so that a...
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Education - Taking A New Path

This is the second part of my report on Pasi Sahlberg’s Bayfield School talk, 5/10/12.  Part 1 is here.

Equity

Sahlberg is emphatic that all students must have the same chance at receiving a good education at all levels and that in order to improve education you must improve equity.

What does he mean by equity in education?

‘Equity in education is the strength of relationship between a pupil’s family background and the education they receive.’  

Rich, poor, immigrant, first generation, native, whatever – all should receive the same quality teaching and the same opportunities.  It’s a lofty ambition, but not impossible by any means.

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One Wet Fish and a Crayon

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So, NZEI Christchurch members voted overwhelmingly to strike on the 19th of February... ... and after waiting what feels like a lifetime for NZEI big bods to let everyone know what's going to happe...
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John Minto: Special deal for privileged pupils - Opinion - NZ Herald News

John Minto: Special deal for privileged pupils - Opinion - NZ Herald News | SOSNZ News Scoop | Scoop.it
At a time when public schools and teachers have been told to tighten their belts, taxpayers have been informed we must pay an extra $2.2 million every year so wealthy parents can continue
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Novopay: Pair's fortunes fade as crisis hits and payroll system fails - Education - NZ Herald News

Novopay: Pair's fortunes fade as crisis hits and payroll system fails - Education - NZ Herald News | SOSNZ News Scoop | Scoop.it
He's a charmer, that Aussie who sold us Novopay.
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Policy Brief: The Evidence on Charter Schools and Test Scores

Policy Brief: The Evidence on Charter Schools and Test Scores | SOSNZ News Scoop | Scoop.it

"...after more than 20 years of proliferation, charter schools face the same challenges as regular public schools in boosting student achievement, and future research should continue to focus on identifying the policies, practices and other characteristics that help explain the wide variation in their results."

 

The available research suggests that charter schools’ effects on test score gains vary by location, school/student characteristics and other factors. When there are differences, they tend to be modest. There is tentative evidence suggesting that high-performing charter schools share certain key features, especially private donations, large expansions of school time, tutoring programs and strong discipline policies.

 

Finally, while there may be a role for state/local policies in ensuring quality as charters proliferate, scaling up proven approaches is constrained by the lack of adequate funding, and the few places where charter sectors as a whole have been shown to get very strong results seem to be those in which their presence is more limited.


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The Principals' Letter: ‘School Reform’ Is A Misnomer

The Principals' Letter: ‘School Reform’ Is A Misnomer | SOSNZ News Scoop | Scoop.it

"Carol Burris is the award-winning principal of South Side High School in New York who has been at the forefront of opposition to New York State’s new teacher evaluation system. Named the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State, Burris is one of the co-authors of the principals’ letter against evaluating teachers by student test scores, which has been signed by 1,535 New York principals. Here are excerpts from the keynote address that Burris delivered last week to the New York Performance Standards Consortium." | via Valerie Strauss


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Maths report shows negative impact of government policy

Maths report shows negative impact of government policy | SOSNZ News Scoop | Scoop.it
National Standards have already started to negatively impact on children’s learning, a report today shows.
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Novopay: No compensation, more errors - National - NZ Herald News

Novopay: No compensation, more errors - National - NZ Herald News | SOSNZ News Scoop | Scoop.it
Secondary schools have not seen a cent of their share of $1.197 million compensation after they invoiced the Ministry of Education for the extra hours payroll administrators spent
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Warning over world schools rankings

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International league tables do not give the whole picture of England's schools, a professor of education says.
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Making Money Out of Our Kids' Education

Making Money Out of Our Kids' Education | SOSNZ News Scoop | Scoop.it
Charter schools usually run for profit. We give them our tax dollars. They spend it wherever they want. And, well, that's it. They do not have to account for where the money goes - no public accoun...
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Stand Side by Side with Christchurch Schools

Stand Side by Side with Christchurch Schools | SOSNZ News Scoop | Scoop.it
On the 18th February Education Minister Hekia Parata will unveil her  verdict on the 39 Christchurch schools proposed for merger or closure.  On 19th February Canterbury teachers and...
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Get off your lazy tush and do something

Get off your lazy tush and do something | SOSNZ News Scoop | Scoop.it
Too harsh?  I think not. I am agog that so many people have not the faintest clue about what is being done to and being proposed for our education system. Teachers, parents, students – so man...
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