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Teachers start school funding roadshow

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/10/2016

Unions representing teachers are hitting the road to drum up support for their position in the debate about school funding.

The government is consulting on proposals to change the way schools are funded.

The NZEI and the PPTA are launching a bus tour on Monday to promote their position in the debate.

They say schools and early childhood services are chronically under-funded and the proposed changes are a return to the failed bulk funding model.

It will increase inequity in education and class sizes and narrow the curriculum.

Education Minister Hekia Parata has said she's disappointed as the proposal is not a return to bulk funding and it's one of several being considered.

In August she said six proposals were being developed including taking a per-child approach to funding, additional funding for those most at risk of under-achievement, and supplementary funding for small and isolated schools.

More than 100 schools and early childhood centres nationwide will be visited by the "better funding, better learning" roadshow organised by the teacher unions.

They will be talking to parents at drop-off and pick-up times.

"The timing of the roadshow coincides with a looming cabinet decision on Hekia Parata's proposed overhaul of education funding," says NZEI president Louise Green.

On Sunday ACT leader David Seymour called for PPTA president Angela Roberts' to resign.

He said when it was revealed 10 teachers were being investigated, six for inappropriate conduct, in the past month, Ms Roberts put it down to stress.

He says the PPTA is a union out of control and living in a parallel universe.

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