Friday, January 13, 2006

Marching against school closures

Grassroots anger is growing over the plans to close or merge 17 infant and junior schools with surplus places. (see link to Lincolnshire Echo for latest). We've already had one march on the streets of Lincoln and another is planned for next month. Now I hear parents are on the march in Gainsborough too. And no wonder. The Executive on Lincolnshire County Council are refusing to listen to a partnership of parent governors, church representatives and independents who urged them to go back to the drawing board and come up with a county wide strategy to deal with the real problem. Four members of the Executive, including the Leader and the Deputy Leader have schools in the areas they represent with even bigger problems of surplus places than any of the schools they have targeted for closure.

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