|Teachers and support staff gather at Nelson College hall to hear from union representatives against government funding plans. |
- Taking a per-child approach to funding
- Additional funding for those most at risk of underachievement
- Supplementary funding for small and isolated schools
- Proposals over the way property funding is delivered
- Better accountability for student achievement
- Supporting a diversity of education options
“The Group’s report, and together with feedback from around 90 regional meetings with teachers and principals, will help inform my report to Cabinet on the options to take forward. The insight from staff right on the frontline of education is invaluable”, says Ms Parata.
“I want to make sure that we take the time to get these vitally important decisions right. That is why our timeline for implementation at the earliest would be 2019.”
Well there is a surprise - NOT. No one wants Global Funding that was on the group.
It was announced during Question Time in Parliament today. Here is the video, with an initial patsy question from David Seymour, ACT's only MP and the Under Secretary for Education, so watch if you have a strong government. Bright note was The Speaker telling David Seymour his questions slagging off our Paid Union Meetings were out of line.
You can read what the wider media has reported on the release of the Funding Review recommendations here:
- New Zealand Herald: 'Return of bulk funding' proposal rejected by education sector
- Stuff.co.nz: Government plans for 'global budget' at schools should not go ahead, advisory committee says
- Newshub: Govt advised against global funding for schools
This portion of the above Stuff article should also have the education sector on continued alert:
Parata acknowledged strong opposition to the measure but was not prepared to take global budgets off the table ahead of a discussion by Cabinet.
"We all know that children are different, therefore there will be different challenges in different schools, so the underlying theme is how do we give schools choices and flexibility.
"The global budget is purely a mechanism for paying. It isn't about how we put together how much a school should get."
Asked if it was too soon to say global budgets were "dead and buried", Parata responded: "Yes it would, because that isn't consistent with Cabinet process."
I do not believe for a second that Global Funding is dead and buried in Hekia Parata's mind as indicated in the NZ Herald. That writer must be very naïve to take what Hekia says to be gospel.
For Hekia Parata to push forward with Global Funding any further would be a folly. It is not just teachers wanting to have a "row" with the government as John Key implied on his morning breakfast TV rounds on Monday, it is a whole sector backed by parents who are not happy at the potential outcomes of Global Funding being implemented.
|I love Rod Emmerson cartoons. They cut to the core of the issue. This one is from 2012.|
If Hekia Parata has not learned from her failed battle with class sizes in 2012, she really has failed the standard as a Minister of Education.
My biggest fear is that the drama over Global Funding is a smokescreen to bring in performance pay and make PaCT and Communities of Learning compulsory... but that's another post another day...