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TEACHING UNION ASKS: DO PARENTS REALLY WANT TO RUN SCHOOLS?

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The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is warning ...
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is warning

the government that their plans to encourage parents to bid for Education Action Zones (EAZs) could flop.

Peter Smith, general secretary of ATL, said:

'This scheme was spearheaded in Chicago. What works in Chicago won't

necessarily work in Liverpool or London.

'It is difficult getting parents to become school governors or even

attending meetings. Parents do want to be involved but they don't want to run schools.

'This is clearly a policy gimmick.'

Commenting on a visit to Blackburn by prime minister Tony Blair and education secretary David Blunkett to launch the second wave of funding for EAZs, ATL executive member for Blackburn, Mike Hodgson, said:

'We haven't yet seen any extra money invested into the EAZ schools in

Blackburn. What we have seen is teacher redundancies being declared.

'The government just isn't living up to its promises.'

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