Funding

Stronger together: better pay for support staff

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

Support staff are the professionals at the heart of our schools and centres. They hold it together for all of us. But who’s holding it together for support staff?  Support…

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Vote for children, vote for education

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

 Educators from 93% of schools and 65% of kindergartens have voted 99% in favour of resolutions that oppose bulk funding and call for their meaningful engagement in the development of…

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$27,425 for an SUV? Really?

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

As ECE and state schools grapple with under-funding , charter schools seem awash with cash. Their trusts are accumulating millions in assets and admin payments are through the roof. Charter…

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Education news: spring 2016

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

SEG funding falls by 1.8% The Special Education Grant (SEG) paid to schools through operational grant funding is failing to keep up with wage inflation and roll growth. Between 2009…

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Making history

By Louise Green 27 September, 2016

Louise Green We have long wanted changes to the way education is resourced, to address inequity and to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children. However, the government’s seven…

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Bulk-funding would lead to staff trade-offs

By Kate Drury 14 September, 2016

Principals and Boards of Trustees sit down at about this time every year and decide how they will staff their schools for the next year. They do not have to…

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Another attempt at increasing class sizes

By Jane Blaikie 14 September, 2016

A smart government knows that when a particular policy hits the brick wall of public opinion, you quickly retreat and try to find another way around. In 2012 the government…

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Support Staff campaign underway

By Jane Blaikie 17 August, 2016

Sign the petition! In May, the National Government froze the already-stretched school operations grant that pays for support staff wages and other essential school running costs. A campaign is underway…

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Hooton hears a fairytale

By Jane Blaikie 12 August, 2016

Matthew Hooton’s extraordinary attack on teachers in today’s National Business Review sits behind a pay wall but here’s a taste: First, he creates a fairy tale, saying about the profession that:  it’s…

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By speaking out, teachers defend children

By Jane Blaikie 10 August, 2016

Good morning David I was saddened to hear your smarty-pants sound-bite response to a serious education issue when you spoke to RNZ this morning. As a parliamentarian, you should display…

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