NZEI Motive Revealed – Control – not kids

Education is for kids. Almost as soon as the government announced the introduction of Charter Schools in New Zealand the NZEI bought an activist from New Orleans – Karran Harper Royal – who complained in all sorts of ways about the schools.

Wrong state and wrong person to bring. Latest out of New Orleans is:

“Our model is about empowering educators that are closest to the children, to give them the autonomy to have great schools, but to have a strong accountability system in place,” says RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard. One of the RSD’s key roles is “ensuring there is equity and access throughout the whole system.”

The academic gains have been dramatic. The city has surpassed the state average for high school graduation by several points, with 77.8 percent of the class of 2012 graduating within four years ? up from just over 54 percent in 2004.

One measure regularly used in Louisiana is the Growth School Performance Score, which is based on test scores, graduation rates, and other factors. Based on those scores, in 2004-05 only 12 percent of students in New Orleans attended ‘A’ or ‘B’ schools while nearly 75 percent attended ‘F’ schools, reports New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO), a nonprofit that incubates and supports charter schools. By 2012-13, just 17 percent of students were in ‘F’ schools, while 34 percent were in ‘A’ or ‘B’ schools.

Yet another bright point: the percentage of students qualifying for college scholarships from the state based on ACT scores and grade-point averages. Prior to Katrina, less than 6 percent of students in 14 high schools later taken over by the RSD qualified for these scholarships, NSNO reports. In 2013, 27 percent did.

While there’s still a long way to go, “on the whole, the schools are unequivocally better,” says Michael Stone, a spokesman for NSNO. ?

The NZEI’s Karran Harper Royal is still banging on. Turns out her worry was not the education of children but that people like her had lost CONTROL.

Local activist Karran Harper Royal, whose children attended schools in New Orleans before and after Katrina, says the shift to charters “feels like something being done to us ? as opposed to us working together to improve public education, which is what I was a part of before ‘reform’ came.

Clearly that is what the NZEI is worried about. Not kids but control of the system.

So – again – the kids in school situations where the results are not there – can continue to miss out – as long as the Labour backed unions have control. Pretty sure that is exactly not what education is supposed to be about.

School (decile)

NCEA Level 1 Failure

Roll (% European)

Taxpayer Funding

Otahuhu College (1)

59.7%

1348 (2)

$10m

Southern Cross Campus (1)

39.6%

1558 (1)

$12.2m

Aorere College (2)

41.5%

1508 (3)

$9.7m

Papatoetoe High School (3)

48.6%

1648 (3)

$11m

Mangere College (1)

47.5%

796 (1)

$6.6m

Tangaroa College (1)

45.2%

942 (1)

$7.3m

One Tree Hill (3)

56%

905 (8)

$5.8m

Onehunga High School (4)

48.7%

1315 (22)

$8.8m

Tamaki College (1)

73.6%

585 (4)

$5.3m

James Cook High School (1)

52.8%

1410 (5)

$10.4

Papakura High School (2)

55.8%

874 (16)

$6.7

Nationally 20%

i.e. massive segregation

$94.2million

Well past time for NZ parents to hit the streets and ask for better – and to let union controlled Labour and the Greens (do they even have an education policy) know that change is needed and kids come first.

61%