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PATTEN TO ANNOUNCE NEW GROUP OF CITY TECHNOLOGY COLLEGES

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Education secretary John Patten will announce plans today for a new group of city technology colleges, BBC Radio Fo...
Education secretary John Patten will announce plans today for a new group of city technology colleges, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

The government will offer extra cash to secondary schools wanting to specialise in technology, science and maths. Around £25m a year will be set aside for the scheme, but the money will only be available to schools which have opted out of local authority control.

The Association of Metropolitan Authorities says this is unfair and that public money is being used to bribe schools to opt out. It is considering taking action in the High Court to challenge the exclusion of local authorities, Today reports.
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