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contrary no the eyes heaven I call on members order of the day number five funding an abolition of des our system a memorable first reading I call Erica Stanford Thank You mr. speaker I move that the education social investment funding and abolition of decile system amendment bill be now read a first time I nominate the education and work force committee to consider the bill mr. speaker this bill deals with how to better tackle the effects of disadvantage in our schools through an improved funding system this bill is based on existing national party policy that we announced prior to the 2017 election this bill is in line with a whole lot of work that the former government and ministry worked on the concept is that you can have a far more sophisticated and tark feed more sophisticated and targeted around the delivery of funding to disadvantaged kids because fighting disadvantage is at the heart of this bill this bill is about getting the right funding to the right cut at the right time so that they have a better chance of a happy and successful life by succeeding at school because there is no better way to fight disadvantage than through education the decile system was originally introduced as an attempt to target extra funding to those schools in poorer areas to lift the achievement of disadvantaged kids at these schools however the disel system is a blunt tool for achieving this goal it assumes that household income is the best and only factor in determining whether a child will or will not achieve at school and they’re all children who need this funding our attend schools that are identified as low decile it has been the best way of guessing where these children are and that is the problem with the desal system it is a best guess based on a flawed assumption the decile system is failing the many thousands of students who are at risk of not achieving because they don’t attend low decile schools and it has created a class system and star schools those lower decile schools are stigmatized as poor neighborhood equals poor quality school in the eyes of the public not only does this unfairly stigmatize schools but it unfairly stigmatizes the students attending those schools they know their decile rating and they know what it means this bill amends the Education Act 1989 to remove the decile system as a means for allocating public money to schools to fight disadvantage the bill proposes a sophisticated alternative model that more accurately targets funding to those students who need it regardless of where they attend school because with better data better analysis we can better predict which young people are at risk of not achieving and actually by analyzing the data we see that household income alone is not the best indicator of whether or not a child is at risk of achieving at school we now know there are a range of factors that more accurately predict educational non-achievement this bill creates a needs and X based on a social investment approach the needs in the index will consist of a number of weighted and ranked indicators that when taken together more accurately predict whether a child will achieve at school to allow for flexibility the bill sets out that these needs indicators would be prescribed by the minister in regulation after consultation with relevant people and would be updated annually these needs indicators may include proportion of time spent on benefit benefits fathers offending and sentence history surface notifications youth justice notifications school transiency mother’s age at Birth just to name a few mother’s age at Birth just to name a few using sophisticated data we know where these students are the funding model doesn’t guess where they might be this funding model identifies the child and delivers funding to the school that they attend this way we are getting the right funding to the right child at the right time it is of utmost importance that we protect privacy no parent wants their child to be stigmatized we spent a great time a great deal of time considering how we could protect children’s privacy in this bill we have ensured that data collected under the spill must comply with the Privacy Act 1993 the bill ensures that anonymization of individual data so that individual students are not able to be identified what this means in practice is that schools receive funding for those students at risk of not achieving but there is no identification of individual students in reality teachers and principals know who these students are we have always trusted them to direct funding to those students in need and we will continue to do so under this bill furthermore the data collected for calculating the needs index including needs indicator needs and its indicators sorry of the individual students is not subject to the Official Information Act another important consideration when drafting this bill was combating the potential for schools to continue to be ranked but this time based on the level of funding they receive for children who are at not or at risk of not achieving via an OE a request this is why we included a clause that ensures information regarding the level of funding a school receives for children who are at risk of not achieving is not able to be requested under the Official Information Act this Clause protects schools from the current stigma they receive under the DSL funding system as I’ve said this bill is based on existing national party policy and as part of that policy we made a commitment that no school would receive any less funding than they do now this bill would see many schools receive more funding as those students at risk of not achieving are more accurately identified those schools identified as having fewer students at risk of not achieving under our policy would receive the same level of funding as they do now we would expect that the government would make the same commitment the reality is that we need to get funding to these children if they are ever to take advantage of any tertiary freeze free policy if we have 2.8 billion to spend on free tertiary kids for kids from wealthy families it is unconscionable that we don’t have more funding to put in to disadvantaged kids at school so they have a chance of success mr. speaker when I asked mr. hip khun’s to meet me about my bill he assured me that after he received a ministry briefing on my bill he would meet with me what transpired after emails and phone calls to his office requesting a meeting was silence then at the eleventh hour at 4:40 p.m. last night the minister sends me an email with a letter explaining that he will not support the bill based on advice he received from a memo from the ministry dated nearly a month ago on 5 April a memo in a letter I am disappointed to say make a range of false assumptions about my bill without providing me the courtesy of sitting down to talk through his concerns this range of false assumptions will no doubt make up the basis of mr. Hopkins and indeed his colleagues contributions to this debate had we met the majority of these false assumptions would have been easily reconciled in lieu of this meeting I will work through some of those assumptions now number one that my bill misunderstands the equity index the ministry has been developing and creates something completely different well we do understand the equity index because it was developed under the previous previous national government we designed the overall system that the ministry in this government continued to produce the premise behind my book my needs and X is exactly the same a child is at low or high risk due to the full combination of factors in their lives not because they have one specific indicator number two that a decision to replace the DSL system would be better achieved outside of legislation the reason I am proposing this bill is to bring transparency to this process national allow announced the decile system would go we announced the equity index six months into the new government and there has been silence we don’t know what they’re doing behind closed doors we don’t know whether or not they’re progressing the equity index we don’t know what the indicators are it is all a mystery my bill gives greater transparency to the process of replacing the decile system my bill would require that the needs indicators be consulted on and published but remains flexible about which ones are prescribed and how they are weighted the minister is being incredibly clever by sitting on this memo for three weeks by not meeting with me and asking questions he has enabled the ministry to rule out the bill based on incorrect assumptions what he didn’t realize was that we wouldn’t get to the vote tonight so the good news is we have a couple of weeks so that he can meet with me to clear up these assumptions change his position Minister Hopkins simply doesn’t have a reason to vote against this bill he has tried to gather up every little excuse he can find all based on assumptions and misunderstandings and that he knew could have been cleared up had he met with me which is why he didn’t this bill just doesn’t suit mr. Hopkins political purposes he’s probably going to do 95% of what we were going to do but he hates the thought of giving national any credit for this work and social investment it’s clear that he wants to repackage all the work that we’ve done and wants to call it his own and he cannot stomach working with me or the National Party on my bill that gives disadvantaged kids a better chance and mr. speaker that is very sad speaker I call June tonichi Mr Speaker I rise to take a call on the education social investment funding

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