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MAJOR ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR STATE AND GRAMMAR SCHOOLS

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John Major has announced proposals to give state schools full control over budgets, admissions and assets, and to a...
John Major has announced proposals to give state schools full control over budgets, admissions and assets, and to allow parents to petition governors of secondary schools to apply for grammar school status, reports the The Daily Telegraph (p6).

Education and employment secretary Gillian Shephard said the popularity of selection was underpinned by figures showing the existence of grammar schools pushed up standards in surrounding comprehensives. Locally maintained schools would receive up to£300 per pupil as they gain full control of their budgets.

But a survey carried out by The Times (p13) suggests that comprehensive schools pass rates have fallen.

Labour claimed that the plan to create a grammar school in every town would condemn 80% of children to a second class education.

But the Daily Mail (p12) reports that grammar school heads fear for the future under a Labour government. The report says the heads main worries are Labour's lack of detail over who would rule on their future and the possibility of activists campaigning to destroy them.
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