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OPT OUTS COULD FOUL UP STRATHCLYDE SCHOOL CLOSURE PROGRAMME

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Strathclyde RC Leader Robert Gould said yesterday opt out legislation may prevent the region from closing four seco...
Strathclyde RC Leader Robert Gould said yesterday opt out legislation may prevent the region from closing four secondary schools in Glasgow, the Scotsman reports (p4).

Mr Gould expressed frustration at the tactics used by parents at two of the threatened schools, who are running opt out ballots in an effort to sabotage the closure programme.

The parents have said they do not want their schools to be self governing but they see the legislation as the only way to avoid closure.

The Scottish Office has said it would not allow schools with low rolls to opt out but the parents claim they can delay closures by two years. Strathclyde has appealed to the government to change the legislation so closure programmes are not caught up in lengthy delays.
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