LGA education chairman Graham Lane will meet ministers this week to present his findings. He said substantial funds set aside for the assisted places scheme had not been spent.
Former chancellor Kenneth Clarke announced a£23m funding boost for the assisted places scheme in 1997-98. If the extra funds could be made available, as Mr Lane claims, the government could help schools reduce class sizes from September.
The paper reports that government plans are to phase out assisted places over seven years, redirecting savings into reducing junior class sizes. It did not expect to recoup funds from the move until April next year.