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MINISTERS CONSIDER 'NATIONALISING' EDUCATION SPENDING

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Ministers are considering plans which would effectively nationalise education, writes The Independent (p1). ...
Ministers are considering plans which would effectively nationalise education, writes The Independent (p1).

The proposals, put forward by the Funding Agency for Schools in response to government plans for a new financing scheme for grant-maintained schools, would take school spending away from local authorities.

Graham Lane, chair of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities education committee says: 'This would destroy local government and it would also destroy education for thousands of young people. I don't want a quango appointed by the government running around interfering with locally elected bodies.'

Liberal Democrat education spokesman Don Foster said the move would give the government the powers of an absolute monarchy, while Labour's David Blunkett said he was not in favour of a national funding formula, pointing out that at present councils spend almost £700m more on education than the government says they should.

Conservatives would like to see the pledge included in the party's election manifesto, reports The Independent.
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