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BIRMINGHAM CITY HAS SHORT-CHANGED SCHOOLS, SAYS INDEPENDENT STUDY

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Birmingham city council education chiefs have deprived schools of an estimated£250m since 1989 according to an ind...
Birmingham city council education chiefs have deprived schools of an estimated £250m since 1989 according to an independent council commissioned report, reports the Times Educational Supplement (p3).

Birmingham Education Commission has recommended that £300m be injected into the education service over the next five years, with £200m earmarked for building work. The report 'Aiming High', says: 'There is universal condemnation of some of the appalling school buildings in Birmingham.' It criticises the council of short-changing schools for prestige projects, including a national indoor arena.

Council leader, Theresa Stewart, said no undertaking could be made that the city would be able to meet the standard spending assessment on education this year. The report continued to advise officials to end the policy of non co-operation with the city's grant maintained schools and provide services on a full cost basis.
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