Tag Archives: Charter Schools

‘Talking to a wall’: Two Charter schools still in limbo about their future — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

Two Auckland charter schools still have no idea if they will be open next year or not as the Ministry of Education and the Minister of Education continue to delay what they were promised would be an easy transition. It is hard to escape the conclusion that the delay is intentional and that its purpose…

via ‘Talking to a wall’: Two Charter schools still in limbo about their future — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

WTH? Atlanta charter school drops Pledge of Allegiance, will be replaced with “Wolf Chant” — Fellowship of the Minds

 

Political correctness ruins everything. From Fox News: An Atlanta charter school headed into the new school year by telling students and staff not to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning — but instead the “Wolf Pack Chant.” Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School announced on Tuesday it will be eliminating the Pledge of Allegiance from […]

via WTH? Atlanta charter school drops Pledge of Allegiance, will be replaced with “Wolf Chant” — Fellowship of the Minds

National give the stage to Charter schools — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

National gave South Auckland Middle school the stage at their conference this weekend and Simon Bridges in his opening speech said that he backed the charter school system 100 percent promising to reinstate partnership schools within one year of returning to office. National has said that they not only want them reopened they want more of…

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The ballad of NZ Charter schools: Will we stay or will we go? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

This is the week that the students, families, staff and communities of South Auckland Middle school and Middle School West Auckland finally hear about their promised “easy transition” to a Designated Character school. Quote: At this point the process has only been one formal meeting with the ministry (Feb 13th), the ministry has not been prepared…

via The ballad of NZ Charter schools: Will we stay or will we go? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Who is really in charge? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins have said that the charter school transition will be easy. They are our elected leaders and we should be able to take them at their word. This assumes of course that: A) They are telling the truth…

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Fighting words from charter schools who refuse to go quietly — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Top people from two different and unrelated charter schools have come out fighting in the media. The chief executive of He Puna Marama Trust that operates a Whangarei charter school has used the emotive and legal phrase ‘under duress’ to describe how charter schools have been coerced into putting in applications to become state schools. Raewyn…

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Some compassion from the minister of education would be appreciated — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Dear Mr Hipkins As this media article link makes clear the [redacted] Trust has agreed to close our [redacted] Partnership schools (conditional of course on the ministry’s completion of their work on that aspect – which we hope is done quickly and in the “good faith” promised – who likes to be shot slowly?) We have listened…

via Some compassion from the minister of education would be appreciated — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

There is nothing liberal about Labour — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

After reading the above quote from Winston Churchill I immediately thought that there is nothing at all liberal about the New Zealand Labour party. The first line that jumped out at me was, “Socialism would destroy private interests, Liberalism would preserve them.” Since coming to power Jacinda Ardern’s government have drawn a big target on…

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Northland charter school excelling — Kiwiblog

Te Kapehu Whetu – Terenga Paraoa released: The latest University Entrance results as published by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority show a Northland charter school (with a 100% Maori roll) ranks in the top two in the region. Te Kapehu Whetu – Terenga Paraoa is outperforming most other private and public schools in Northland in…

via Northland charter school excelling — Kiwiblog

The government’s policy to shut down charter schools is racist — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The government’s policy to shut down charter schools is racist. Their claim to work ‘in good faith’ with charter schools to help them transition to special character schools has proven to be a lie. They have largely neglected to visit the schools or talk to the students, they have not responded to letters or engaged…

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It is a David and Goliath battle now for charter schools — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The odds are stacked against New Zealand’s high performing charter schools and the students who thrive inside them. The battle to retain the charter school model that works so well has been lost and the battle to stay open has also been lost. Charter schools no longer have a choice as the Minister of education Chris…

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Treaty of Waitangi may be used in battle to save charter schools — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If the battle to save charter schools, which are doing so much for Maori, was a comic book I would describe this latest move as a Pow if not a Zap! I can only hope that the Treaty of Waitangi proves to be the Kryptonite that the schools need to drain the Labour party of…

via Treaty of Waitangi may be used in battle to save charter schools — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Charter school report – ‘most parents happy’ — Your NZ

A report into Partnership Schools says that there have been positive results and most parents are happy, but it was too soon to judge academic achievement. David Seymour says that it justifies a reversing of the current Government policy to close Partnership Schools, but Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says “does not tell us much” […]

via Charter school report – ‘most parents happy’ — Your NZ

Hitman Hipkins and Ardern lay the groundwork for their termination plans — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Yesterday I watched this video of Chris Hipkins and Jacinda Ardern making a very strange announcement. Given their determination to terminate all Charter schools and their continued suppression of the Martin Jenkins report I have the following thoughts on their agenda. In the video, they announce that Vanguard Military school has been the first school…

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Banging our heads against a brick wall — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Hundreds of concerned voters, by now, have contacted their political representatives and given them reasoned, logical arguments why Labour should not be closing Charter schools. On this blog, we have published article after article showing that Labour will be hurting the very demographic they claim to care so much about. It must feel for the writer of…

via Banging our heads against a brick wall — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Axe Charter Schools? No! — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Party Leader. Charter schools are working and are providing choice for parents who want an education system that best meets the needs of their children. The Labour Party needs to recognise that not all children are the same and providing a variety of learning institutions is a good thing. In fact Conservative…

via Axe Charter Schools? No! — Conservative Party NZ

NZ teachers’ unions: ‘Keep the Brown Down’ — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guest Post: I was just mulling over the reasons the teachers’ unions hate the Charter schools and a dazzling and obvious reason came to me. I think it’d make a great slogan for teachers’ unions’ T-shirts… “Let’s keep the brown down!” as, let’s face it, Charter schools are overwhelmingly helping Polynesian students, eh! Just…

via NZ teachers’ unions: ‘Keep the Brown Down’ — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

She was always going to have to do this after posing with award winners — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jacinda Ardern has felt a bit of pressure and is now signalling if not walking back Chris Hipkins’ rhetoric over charter schools. It is amazing what a bit of personalised pressure will do: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has signalled the Government could make it easier for charter schools to convert to “special character” schools as…

via She was always going to have to do this after posing with award winners — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Quick, need a distraction from Charter schools, let’s bash up fat cat civil servants — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jacinda Ardern needed a weapon of mass distraction to divert from Chris Hipkins’ stuff ups over charter schools. So she picked civil servants pay rates to create a weapon of mass distraction: Escalating pay of some state sector bosses, often flying in the face of Government recommendations, is about to be reined in with a…

via Quick, need a distraction from Charter schools, let’s bash up fat cat civil servants — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A Post from Vanguard Military School — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guest Post: Not being a trained teacher is the biggest asset I have brought to Vanguard. Before putting my heart and soul into creating Vanguard Military School I spent 12 years working for my families privately owned PTE. A PTE that specialised in helping young people who had left school with little or no…

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Open letter to Jacinda Ardern — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Open letter to Jacinda Ardern I was completely dismayed to hear Chris Hipkins’ condemnation of the charter school system last week and his pledge to close all charter schools down by the end of the year. By the time he admitted that the government would, in fact, work to transition charter schools into other options,…

via Open letter to Jacinda Ardern — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Save Charter Schools march — Kiwiblog

This is on today (Sunday). The Government has announced that basically all charter schools will close. It’s one thing not to create any more charter schools, but they are abandoning the over 1,000 kids who have chosen to go to a charter school, and are thriving there. These kids were often failing in other schools.…

via Save Charter Schools march — Kiwiblog

There is no “transition pathway” for Charter schools — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

During question time PM Ardern repeatedly mentioned the words “transition” and “pathway” when talking about the threat of Labour closing down Partnership schools. She insisted that they weren’t focussed on closing down schools and were providing them with the opportunity to transition to a different pathway. Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: […]There is a pathway forward for…

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Imagine the howls of outrage if these had been charter schools — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Imagine the howls of outrage if these had been charter schools. I can’t wait for Chris Hipkins to flag these schools for closure. The Auditor-General has highlighted school spending including overseas travel, a $7000 staff party and gifts for principals including a ride-on mower and “wellbeing” payments. Another school did not pass on $3700 collected…

via Imagine the howls of outrage if these had been charter schools — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Two Pro-charter school MSM articles in one day: I feel faint — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

For years the New Zealand MSM have published negative post after negative post about Partnership schools. We at Whaleoil have provided the media balance on the topic, publishing many posts pointing out the misinformation and even lies in the media about them as well as showing all the positives of charter schools. Yesterday I felt quite…

via Two Pro-charter school MSM articles in one day: I feel faint — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

What now for Partnership Schools? — Your NZ

Dominion Post editorial: How to fix the problems with charter schools They are officially called Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua in New Zealand, the editorial didn’t refer to them as this at all. Charter schools pose a number of problems for the coalition government. Labour had made it clear for a long time that it opposed the schools. […]

via What now for Partnership Schools? — Your NZ

Labour’s level educational playing field is great news for Charter schools — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

New Zealand Charter schools will be thrilled to learn that the Labour Party wants a level playing field in education. I doubt that they will mind the superficial change of being re classified as ” Special Character schools” if the payback is that the anomalies between State schools and Charter schools are ironed out. [Charter…

via Labour’s level educational playing field is great news for Charter schools — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Just in time for the election: ACT announce two more Charter Schools — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It will be no coincidence that two more charter schools get announced just before the election. “In education, one size does not fit all, which is why we are pleased to expand choice in education through Partnership Schools,” says Mr Seymour. “Educational innovators and community leaders like those in Ngati Whakaue and Blue Light have…

via Just in time for the election: ACT announce two more Charter Schools — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Presumably the teacher unions will be complaining about this school — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The teacher unions object to charter schools on the basis that they get far more funding than state schools for their numbers. I wonder then what they have to say about this school, Pukehina School, which has just 10 students left on its roll? Fairfax’s School Report shows that Pukehina School receives $267,192 in direct…

via Presumably the teacher unions will be complaining about this school — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Labour Party lost on Charter schools

 

Mike Hosking’s video on Labour being caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to Charter schools sums up the issues succinctly. Labour are now using weasel words to enable them to save face as they carefully climb down from their previous high horse. The very first charter school to open in…

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