#DearJacinda these children have a message for you about their school in Tauranga. Please share their message in hopes we can start to make a positive impact on our Education System.
So, what is it all about?
My daughter’s school has the highest number of ORS funded students at a mainstream primary school in the country which has put them in financial hardship. Why?
Schools aren’t adequately funded for students who have additional learning needs in NZ. Leaving many mainstream schools across the country excluding students because they’re too expensive and forced to fundraise to accomodate the funding required for those with diverse needs.
Schools like Greerton Village who are truly following inclusion and equity in education are becoming overwhelmed with ORS funded students because they have nowhere else to go. This inadequate funding model is crippling inclusive schools and is the cause of Greerton Village Schools current deficit this year of $118,000.
Imagine if people were only offered 50% of the cost of a knee replacement and the hospital staff had to hold sausage sizzles and fundraise to make up the gap.
🤔🤯🙄 (See how silly this sounds?)
The principal of my daughters school has been brave enough to speak up and risk negative publicity to show how NZ Special Education funding is lagging behind other countries.
We hope you’ll join us and help spread awareness of the inadequate funding model in education.
Video follows my open letter to PM Jacinda Ardern which can be read here: https://www.piperslove.com/pipers-journey/dearjacinda
Erika & Dan Harvey
A blog about our journey through the spectrum with our daughter Piper. Enjoy and feel free to share with others.