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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE SUNDAY PAPERS

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PUBLIC PROTEST COULD SCUPPER GOVERNMENT'S ROAD PRICING PLANS...
PUBLIC PROTEST COULD SCUPPER GOVERNMENT'S ROAD PRICING PLANS

The government's plans for a national system of road pricing are threatened by a growing internet protest on the prime minister's own website, the Observer reports (p7).

Some 44,000 people have signed a petition posted by a campaigner on Tony Blair's official website protesting at road pricing as a means of easing congestion.

It follows a report from the Institute for Public Policy Research which warned that fewer than 40% of people supported road pricing.

GLASGOW TO DEMOLISH ESTATE FEATURED IN TV ADS

The Glasgow estate Toryglen, star of the£2m Sony television advertisement featuring paint exploding on a high-rise block, is to be demolished after decades of neglect, the Observer reports (p7).

The paper says the 22-storey block of flats, once home to Jim Kerr, lead singer of Simple Minds, is to be knocked down as part of the redevelopment of one of the most rundown housing projects in Britain.

Glasgow City Council has planned eight redevelopment projects for the city, of which the£100m Toryglen scheme is one.

ONLY 20% OF STATE SCHOOLS GET PUPILS INTO OXBRIDGE

A league table of the state schools most successful at getting their pupils into Oxford and Cambridge has been compiled for the first time using freedom of information laws, the Sunday Times reports (p8).

Less than 20% of secondary schools account for all the entrants from the state sector. Most successful applicants come from grammar schools or sixth-form colleges.

The paper notes that many comprehensives are failing to get students into Oxbridge, suggesting that the money the universities have spent trying to create a broader social mix have benefited schools that take pupils from more affluent areas.

The top places are taken by three London grammars and the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe, Bucks.

PARENTS CLAIM HALAL FOOD GIVEN TO SCHOOL CHILDREN WITHOUT CONSULTATION

The Mail on Sunday says that pupils in state schools are being served halal meat without their knowledge (p33).

It reports that four schools in the Reading area with a high proportion of Muslim pupils sent parents a letter recently saying their children's school dinners had been halal for some time.

Some parents reacted furiously, saying they had not been consulted.

CITY ACADEMY MONEY TO BE SPENT ON GOOD SCHOOLS

Only six of the 67 schools earmarked by the government to be re-launched as city academies have been identified as failing schools by Ofsted, according to the Sunday Telegraph (p8).

The paper says that a significant number of the schools which will receive millions of pounds in order to convert over the next few years are actually good or excellent.

The academy initiative was originally aimed at improving standards in failing schools.

The majority of other schools identified are classified by Ofsted as 'improving' schools.

LINCOLNSHIRE'S FEDERATION PLANS SEEN AS ATTACK ON SELECTIVE EDUCATION

Parents have accused Lincolnshire CC of a covert attack on selective education in the county, the Daily Telegraph reports (p8).

The council is proposing to federate Boston Grammar School for boys and Boston High School for girls, which would mean running them both with a single headteacher and one governing body.

The plan also involves raising the entry requirements of the 11-plus and cutting the intake from 264 a year to fewer than 150.

Council officials say that federation has been made necessary because of falling school rolls.

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