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PARENTS GROUP COMPLAINS OF OPT OUT PETITION CON

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Parents are being conned into signing petitions calling for school opt-out ballots, the House of Commons education ...
Parents are being conned into signing petitions calling for school opt-out ballots, the House of Commons education select committee was told this week.

The group Parents Opposed to Opting-out claimed to have evidence parents were pressured into signing forms under false claims that, for example, they were designed to help teachers or get more money for a nursery for the school.

'Parents who have been deliberately duped want the right to withdraw their names from such false petitions', POO chair Helen Webster said. The group would be campaigning for parents to be able to withdraw their names if they had been deceived.

l Nearly 550,000 out of a total of 1,300,000 parents eligible to vote in school ballots had favoured adopting grant-maintained status, junior education minister Robin Squire said in a written answer last week.
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