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TORY EDUCATION PLANS COULD LEAVE LEAS WITH SKELETON POWERS

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Every school would be removed from the power of local education authorities under a revolutionary education policy ...
Every school would be removed from the power of local education authorities under a revolutionary education policy put forward by William Hague, according to the Daily Mail (p1).

It would depend on parents voting in a ballot to opt out of local authority control.

Head teachers and governors would be in charge of budgets, recruitment, admissions, school hours and terms, and discipline.

LEAs would only have skeleton powers to coordinate the statutory requirements to ensure all children receive an education.

Meanwhile the Daily Telegraph (p5) calls the plan to create a nationwide network of 'free schools' the most far reaching proposal in what Mr Hague is billing as the tories' 'common sense revolution'.

State schools would receive funding directly, and LEAs would not be able to hold part of it back for administration. Schools would buy services, for example transport, and if they wished they could buy it from the LEA.

The Times (p9) reported that under separate Tory proposals parents would be able to force the sacking of headteachers of failing schools. Parents could call a ballot if they believed the school was not performing. If the ballot endorsed this, Ofsted inspectors would be brought in and the LEA obliged to replace the head and put in a new board of governors.

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