5/24/2017

Overcrowded schools highlight chronic underfunding

The revelation that hundreds of schools are overcrowded has again highlighted the need for a huge increase in education funding, and shown that the data-focused government is not even getting the basics right.

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5/17/2017

Long-term teacher supply issues remain

New government measures to increase teacher supply have addressed some concerns in the sector, but housing, transport and income solutions are essential for long-term results.

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5/12/2017

Education bill puts politics ahead of children

Concerns of educators have been ignored, as the government pushes through education legislation that appears to be based on political objectives and cost saving, rather than what is best for children.

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5/3/2017

New education targets a disaster for children

New "Better Public Performance" targets for achievement in mathematics and writing are a disaster for children that will put more pressure on them and teachers, and further stifle quality public education, NZEI Te Riu Roa says.

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5/1/2017

MPs to "step into the shoes" of teacher aides on first day of school term

As schools launch into term two on Monday [May 1], Members of Parliament are heading back to school to experience the work of teacher aides and other school support staff.

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5/1/2017

Nikki Kaye invited back to school

Educators are sending their best wishes to Nikki Kaye on her first day as Minister of Education, and inviting her to spend a day working alongside school support staff.

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4/21/2017

NZEI calls on Bennett to remove Pay Equity Bill stumbling blocks

NZEI Te Riu Roa is calling on the Deputy Prime Minister, Paula Bennett, to demand Ministers change a draft Pay Equity Bill and remove stumbling blocks that undermine her commitment to fix unfair pay for women.

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4/19/2017

Too many risks in rushing decile replacement

NZEI Te Riu Roa members are very concerned that decisions around a major review of the school decile funding system are being rushed through before there is evidence that the new model will improve children's education.

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4/9/2017

Media advisory - Historic next step for pay equity

This Monday: Three Ministry of Education Support Workers are undertaking New Zealand's first ever mediation for pay equity, made possible after Kristine Bartlett won the right for such cases to be heard.

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4/7/2017

Resources needed to reduce violence in schools – not police

Primary school principals have expressed horror and disbelief at the Minister of Education’s suggestion in Parliament that schools should call the police to deal with “very violent” student behaviour.

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4/6/2017

NZEI backs call for Govt action to include every child

NZEI Te Riu Roa is backing calls for Government action on inclusive education as evidence mounts that it is denying disabled and higher needs children the vital support they need to learn.

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3/24/2017

Government cuts cost ECE $260 million this year

New research shows the Government has cut $260 million a year off funding for Early Childhood Education, as NZEI Te Riu Roa launches a pledge to restore funding and quality to the sector.

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3/21/2017

Educators call on Police Minister to waive vetting charge

NZEI Te Riu Roa is calling on the Minister of Police to instruct her officials to abandon plans to charge schools and ECE services for safety vetting of adults who work around children.

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3/21/2017

Vetting charges will put more pressure on schools

New police vetting charges for schools will end up costing children as the Government's funding freeze forces schools to dip into curriculum or staffing to meet any extra costs, NZEI Te Riu Roa says.

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3/8/2017

Alternative facts harming kids' education

Teachers from primary and secondary schools are calling out the Education Minister for massively overstating school funding increases and playing politics with children's education

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